Robin Williams Was Battling Parkinson’s Disease

Robin Williams wife, Susan Schneider, just released a statement that reveals the actor was in the early stages of Parkinson’s Disease. He was not ready to reveal the news publically. She hopes that in the wake of her husband’s death, those facing tough times, find the strength to seek help.

Read her statement below.

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“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.”

Via The Wrap

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  1. Ok, this is all starting to form a picture. My dad had PD. When he was hospitalized with an unrelated illness, he was put on the corresponding meds. When I came to visit him, he looked normal, but he was speaking irrationally — not loud our crazy, but he was saying things that didn’t make sense (e.g., “Did we finally close the deal on the condo in Miami Beach?” Dad, we didn’t buy a condo in Miami Beach. We’ve never even been to Miami Beach. “Is the furniture pack yet?”). It was creepy, and he just kept talking. I called his neurologist, and he made an adjustment to his meds that immediately brought him back to normal. With the clinical depression, the PK, and all the unforeseen side effects of the meds, Robin may have had a psychotic episode and had no conscious understanding of his actions in the moment. So tragic and sad.

  2. Sometimes life can be so unfair. Robin was gifted with so much, yet he was burdened with more.

    And Rush Limbaugh, no, this is not a Liberal thing. You have to be the most cold-hearted person in this world.

  3. So sad – he had two major medical issues that probably had medications that wouldn’t work well in conjunction with each other.
    Is it any wonder the havoc they could cause your psyche.

  4. Rush said no such thing. Did you actually HEAR him say those words? Did you listen to his show? It’s people who use the death of others to spread their lies and political agenda that are the most cold-hearted of all. None of it is our business, the media needs to shut up and let his family grieve. Ignorance is bliss…

  5. “He had it all but he had nothing. Made everybody else laugh but was miserable inside,” Limbaugh said. “I mean, it fits a certain picture or a certain image that the left has. Talk about low expectations and general unhappiness and so forth.”


  6. Could be, but reports I’ve read from friends and colleagues indicate that he’d been withdrawn and low about money and career. I’m familiar with issues related to Parkinson’s medication and know three people who had everything from confusion to delusions and hallucinations related to their meds. But they were all in the more advanced stages of the illness by the time these meds were prescribed to control the physical symptoms of PD. I suspect someone in the early stages isn’t taking the meds that cause these episodes at least at the dosages that my friends and family members were on when they started to have psychosis..

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