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Robin Williams had Parkinson’s disease, says his wife

The actor was in the early stages of the degenerative disease.

Robin Williams with his wife Susan Schneider in 2011.
Robin Williams with his wife Susan Schneider in 2011.
Image: AFF/EMPICS Entertainment

ROBIN WILLIAMS WAS in the early stages of Parkinson’s disease when he died, his wife has said.

In a statement, Susan Schneider said that her husband was sober at the time of his death.

“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 said.

She did not give further details, but said that she had found some solace in the days since his death 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,” she said.

“It is our hope that 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”.

Parkinson’s is a progressive neurological disorder which has no known cure.

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