MARIN COUNTY, Calif. (PIX11) – Robin Williams was in the early stages of Parkinson’s disease when he died, wife Susan Schneider revealed in a statement.
Schneider also said that her husband was sober leading up to his death, “and was brave as he struggled with his own battles of depression.”
She said Williams was not ready to share the news of his diagnosis publicly leading up to his death.
Robin Williams was found dead of an apparent suicide in his California home earlier this week.
Read Schneider’s full statement below:
“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.”