Robin Williams was in the early stages of Parkinson’s disease, his widow Susan Schneider has revealed in a touching tribute to her late husband.
In the second statement she has released since his death on Monday, the graphic designer has cleared up lurid reports that the actor – who publicly discussed his battles with alcoholism and drug abuse – had succumbed to his addictions again.
On Thursday she said:
“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.”
The heart-felt revelation sheds further light on the last months of the 63-year-old’s life.
Schneider’s statement is also a celebration of her husband and the work – both charitable and professional – that he did throughout his career.
“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.”
Schneider ended by saying:
"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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