Robin Williams' widow says comic icon was battling Parkinson's disease

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Robin Williams' widow says comic icon was battling Parkinson's disease

By Julianne Cassidy. CREATED Aug 14, 2014

Robin Williams' widow, Susan Schneider, has confirmed that the late Oscar-winning actor was in his early stages of Parkinson's disease, but wasn't "ready to share publicly."

According to the USA Today, Schneider released an official statement, detailing Williams' final state of health:

"Robin spent so much of his life helping others," she said. "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," her statement continued. "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."

Up to 60 percent of Parkinson's patients also battle depression, according to the Parkinson's Disease Foundation.



Julianne Cassidy

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A city girl gone country, Philadelphia-bred journalist Julianne Cassidy relocated to be a Nashville-based digital editor for Scripps Media, Inc.