Belfast Telegraph

Home News World

Robin Williams: Actor was 'suffering from early stages of Parkinson's disease' at time of death says wife

Actor and comedian Robin Williams was sober and suffering from early stages of Parkinson's disease as well as anxiety and depression at the time of his apparent suicide, the actor's wife said.

Susan Schneider said the actor "was not yet ready to share publicly" his struggles with Parkinson's Disease.

"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," Schneider said in the statement.

The 63-year-old Oscar-winning star of such films as "Mrs. Doubtfire" and "Good Will Hunting" was found at his San Francisco-area home by his personal assistant on Monday.

Williams had been open about his struggles with alcohol and had recently gone to a Minnesota rehabilitation center this summer to "fine-tune" his sobriety, his publicist said.

The death of Williams, who shot to prominence in the 1970s with his groundbreaking hyperactive comedic style, shook Hollywood as tributes poured out from actors, directors, politicians and generations of fans.

Further reading

Westboro Baptist Church want to picket actor's funeral after saying he was 'hated by God' and is 'in hell' 

Tributes from the stars and the fans of tragic comedian, actor and Oscar winner

Oscar-winning performer and comic genius with equal ability to wring tears from his audience 

Actor-comedian died in apparent suicide says coroner 

Robin Williams found dead at home

The memorable roles from Mork to Mrs Doubtfire

Belfast Telegraph Digital


From Belfast Telegraph