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Robin Williams' Wife Reveals He Was in Early Stages of Parkinson’s Disease - Read Her Statement

Robin Williams' Wife Reveals He Was in Early Stages of Parkinson’s Disease - Read Her Statement

Robin Williams‘ wife Susan Schneider has released a statement revealing her late husband was suffering in the early stages of Parkinson’s Disease.

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,” Robin‘s wife Susan Schneider said in a statement (via Deadline).

“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,” Susan revealed.

“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,” she concluded.

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33 Responses to “Robin Williams' Wife Reveals He Was in Early Stages of Parkinson’s Disease - Read Her Statement”

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  1. 1
    Kim Says:

    OMG This is heartbreaking…

  2. 2
    go go Says:

    Wow,no wonder, so sad

  3. 3
    Cindy Says:

    My heart just broke even more at this news. Bless Robin and his grieving family. Such a tragedy.

  4. 4
    Amy Says:

    Makes a little more sense now. :(

  5. 5
    LaCroix Says:

    How much more are we to endure of Robin Williams suffering? I just feel so sorry for him, sad to see him go but only hope he is at peace now.

  6. 6
    duck Says:

    So sad! He didn’t deserve any of it :( Hope he is pain free and happy in heaven with angels now.

  7. 7
    Camy Says:

    Wow, so sad… At least haters and sick people will stop claiming that he was back on alcohol and drugs…

  8. 8
    jamine Says:

    Kind of seems like the wife/ex wives are trying to draw attention from themselves. I mean didn’t Robin say in an interview that his ex’s cleaned him out financially and he had to sell his house, this wife had a separate bedroom, and so on.

  9. 9
    Lena Says:

    Aaaaaand????? Soooooo? Michael J Fox has lived with it bravely for years. Is this about Robin or the family saving face? Was he in physical pain or something? In the early stages? Why go through this? He still killed himself without a note from what I heard. Is issuing public statements helping the family figure out why or something?

  10. 10
    Makes no sense Says:

    Kinda wondering, though, she left the house at 10:30 am without checking on him before she left. She hadn’t seen him for 12 hours. Why was it that his ASSISTANT was the one who checked up on him?

  11. 11
    Makes no sense Says:

    @jamine: I agree. This third wife left the home at 10:30 AM without bothering to check up on him? They slept in separate bedrooms. She sounds like an attention getter too. Just like that money grubbing second wife, the babysitter. Sounds like they preyed on his weakness.

  12. 12
    K Says:

    @Lena: Saving face? He took he’s own life not somebody else’s. He didn’t do anything that he’s family would need to apologize for so why would they trying to saving face? Besides who knows what it takes to someone to be pushed over their limit emotionally?

  13. 13
    ted Says:

    Seriously?? It’s ignorant people like you who feed into stigma associated with mental illness. He was dealing with severe depression (perhaps precipitated or exacerbated by his Parkinson’s…). Do you know what depression is?! One of its symptoms is suicidal thoughts and depression accounts for 75% of all suicides. Who cares if he didn’t leave a note? Who cares about the amount of “physical pain” he may have been in. He was obviously in enough psychological pain that he believed not being alive was better than living. Educate yourself!

  14. 14
    Sweet Cheeks Says:

    I watched him again on Inside The Actors Studio with James Lipton and the audience was rolling. I was laughing and crying at the same time. Robin was a gifted and natural funny man. My fave was the question/answer part; it’s only 11 minutes….but it’s priceless. Robin Williams was and always will be priceless. He was truly loved to the moon and back. God bless his family.

  15. 15
    really? Says:

    I am sorry but I believe it is sad and hurtful enough that Robin died, He was a good funny man, I always enjoy Nite at the Museum movies and Mrs. Doubtfire.

    But I think enough is enough with public statements and details surrounding his death. I believe it is not necessary for the media or press to make it public the release of statements to the public everyday and letting us know that Robin, was suffering from this and that or he was having financial problems here and there. We did not back then when he was alive why we need to know now taht he is dead. Is there some sort of cash in on his death? I mean those things wer epersonal back then why now make it public constantly and everyday? I dont understand why

    Especially the wife, releasing statements, how can she ask for privacy when she is releasing statemetns to the media and press, she is doing the total opposite of that she asked for it.

  16. 16
    Eve Says:

    @Lena: You have no clue about the disease clearly. You can live for years with the disease or be taken suddenly. There is no way to know. MJF is one of the lucky who can lead a good life with the proper medication. He’s a great spokesman fpr awareness but Parkinson’s comes on in many different ways and you can’t use his condition and his capability as someone with the disease as an example for everyone who is diagnosed. Educate yourself.

  17. 17
    Amy Says:


    This is his 3rd wife who is speaking.

    As far as his ex-wives go he should have had them sign a pre-nup.

  18. 18
    Uljana Karaleva Says:

    A study released in the journal PLoS 1 , reports the research team identified among a million birth defects, a mutation of the gene GRIN2A activate its protective effect against Parkinson coffee intake.

    The research provides a molecular explanation for the protective effects that increased caffeine intake has on the development of the disease and the results show that people with this combination are at significantly lower risk of developing it.

  19. 19
    hey Says:

    my grams had parkinson it so many years. ;(

  20. 20
    JustChill'n Says:

    I agree with the ones that think his wife is just saving face. Just like others mentioned, his wife is bringing his disease out in the open to deflect attention off of herself. She said he didn’t want to share his disease with the public yet that’s the very thing she does? Please. She knows others don’t think too highly of her, & she’s not looking too good in the public eye right now. I have been married for many, many years, & my husband & I never leave one another without saying good-bye. Even if I thought my husband was asleep, I’d at least give him a kiss on the cheek before I left. I originally thought it’s best to keep one’s thoughts to oneself & not judge a woman during a tragic time like this. But now that she’s going & revealing a disease her husband didn’t want shared makes her deplorable. A wife should go out of her way to honor her husband’s wishes after his passing. Rotten things stink, and this lady actions stinks!

  21. 21
    essie Says:

    I agree, why make another statement and then reveal about the Parkinson’s.. nobody asked… let Robin rest in peace!

  22. 22
    ee Says:

    max life expectancy in Parkinson’s is 7 yrs. It will kill you eventually but before that it will rob you of who you are. No wonder Robin did this.

  23. 23
    Anti Says:

    i dont know if he was ever on anti-depressant medications but but a little research shows Anti depressant medications are one of the biggest causes of Parkinson’s disease.
    sadly for some it’s to late by the time of getting off them the symptoms have all ready permanently damaged the body’s system.

  24. 24
    Tyla Says:

    @Anti: Where’s the proof to back up your claim that anti-depressants cause Parkinson’s? There’s no medical proof of that at all.

  25. 25
    Emerald Says:

    Lena@ 08/14/2014 at 3:36 pm

    Michael J. Fox is not also battling clinical depression and does not have a diagnosis of Bipolar Disorder. Next time think before you post something so idiotic. Better yet, actually strain your limited mind and do some research.

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