Robin Williams was in the early stages of Parkinson’s, reveals widow

Susan Schneider has released a statement saying the comedian was sober at the time of his death

Robin Williams‘ widow Susan Schneider has revealed that he was in the early stages of Parkinson’s Disease at the time of his suicide.

Comedian and actor Williams killed himself on Monday (August 11). Variety has published a statement from Schneider which reads: “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.”

She added: “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. 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.”

News of his death was met with a large number of tributes. President Obama said: “He gave his immeasurable talent freely and generously to those who needed it most – from our troops stationed abroad to the marginalised on our own streets.” Tributes poured in from Hollywood and from the music world.