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Robin Williams Wife Releases Statement Revealing The Comedian’s Parkinson’s Diagnosis


Susan Schneider, wife of the late Robin Williams, has release an official statement on his passing.

Just yesterday, Williams’ daughter Zelda Williams released her own heartfelt statement and announced she’d be leaving social media after some horrific abuse directed her way. It was so bad Twitter made an official statement saying they’d be doing some serious overhaul on their harassment and abuse policies. But now her stepmother, Williams’ wife, has released her own statement. Fair warning, it’s another tough one to read.

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.

There’s already been a ton of discussion surrounding Williams’ death as it pertains to mental health and I can only imagine the conversations which will now unfold thanks to this revelation. My only hope is it remains as respectful as possible while spreading facts to the most people.

(via Deadline)

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