Robin Williams' Wife Issues Statement Revealing Husband's Parkinson's Diagnosis

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14 Aug 2014

Robin Williams
Robin Williams

Susan Schneider, the wife of late Academy Award-winning actor and celebrated comedian Robin Williams, issued a statement regarding Williams' death that revealed his battle with depression and early stages of Parkinson's Disease. 

The statement, issued Aug. 14 to Playbill.com, reads, "Robin spent so much of his life helping others. Whether he was entertaining millions on stage, film or television, our troops on the frontlines, or comforting a sick child — Robin wanted us to laugh and to feel less afraid.

"Since his passing, all of us who loved Robin have found some solace in the tremendous outpouring of affection and admiration for him from the millions of people whose lives he touched. His greatest legacy, besides his three children, is the joy and happiness he offered to others, particularly to those fighting personal battles.

"Robin's sobriety was intact and he was brave as he struggled with his own battles of depression, anxiety as well as early stages of Parkinson's Disease, which he was not yet ready to share publicly.

"It is our hope in the wake of Robin's tragic passing, that others will find the strength to seek the care and support they need to treat whatever battles they are facing so they may feel less afraid."

As previously reported, Williams, last seen on Broadway in Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, died Aug. 11 at age 63.

Click here to see the tribute to the late actor from the cast of Broadway's Aladdin. Click here to read the tweets and Instagram messages that honor Williams.