As people all around the world continue to mourn the loss of Robin Williams, more information about his personal life is becoming public. Some of this is from police reports, others from friend sharing stories and anecdotes about his life on social-media, but the biggest revelation of all, came from Robin Williams wife.
According to her latest public note, Robin Williams was in the early stages of Parkinson’s Disease. It was being kept secret at the time, as Williams seek treatment and came to grasp the disease himself.
The disease itself is a degenerative condition that attacks the central nervous system. Some of the most common side effects are tremors, shaking, muscle-stiffness and restricted movement. As with any degenerative disease, doctors are always on the lookout for signs of depression. Michael J. Fox is one of the most popular actors that has publicly brought the disease into the limelight while seeking funding for a cure.
The entire statement, from Susan Schneider:
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.
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