Robin Williams Had Parkinson’s Disease, Says Wife [VIDEO]

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Robin Williams, Susan Schneider

Robin Williams’ wife says he was dealing with more health problems than we knew about when he committed suicide.

FOX News Radio’s Michelle Pollino reports:

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Robin Williams’ wife Susan Schneider says in a statement her late husband’s sobriety was intact 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.

Neurologist Irene Richard from the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s discusses the combination of depression and Parkison’s.

(Richard) “Really their whole appreciation of life can change.”

Parkinson’s is a progressive disorder of the nervous system that affects movement.

Michelle Pollino, FOX News Radio.

READ a statement from Robin Williams’ wife, Susan Schneider:

“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.”

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