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Robin Williams’ Wife Says He Was in
Early Stages of Parkinson’s Disease

Mediaite, by Evan McMurry

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Posted By:Drive, 8/14/2014 2:43:51 PM

According to a statement released by his wife Thursday, late comedian Robin Williams was in the early stages of Parkinson’s disease at the time of his suspected suicide earlier this week. Williams’ wife Susan Schneider said Williams was sober at the time, but that he had continued to tackle depression. She said he was not ready yet to publicly disclose his Parkinson’s diagnosis. Parkinson’s is a progressive nervous disorder that limits movement; while treatable, no cure is known. Schneider’s full statement is below:

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: SouthSanAntonio, 8/14/2014 2:57:47 PM     (No. 9966013)

I guess the reality is simply that talent and money can´t buy you health, happiness or sanity.

They can buy you fame, which seems to have a very adverse effect on a person´s health, happiness and sanity far too often.

While I didn´t agree with his politics, I have nothing but the utmost of respect for the work Robin did with our troops through the USO, and the work he did with kids with cancer.

All in all, he was a pretty good guy and I hope he finally found peace...

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Geelabeela828, 8/14/2014 3:05:12 PM     (No. 9966023)

My father-in-law had Parkinson´s and it was very hard on his wife and family for many years. On behalf of his son and our children I would like to say "thank you Dad" for not taking your life. You were a great example of courage and dignity.

He died surrounded by his loving family.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Newtsche, 8/14/2014 3:05:21 PM     (No. 9966024)

So days of spin TV´s clueless speculation is out the window, round two starts now with further days of clueless speculation.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: bmoc, 8/14/2014 3:25:33 PM     (No. 9966041)

Amen and THANK YOU poster #2.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Charactercounts, 8/14/2014 3:49:13 PM     (No. 9966056)

All of this endless coverage is ghoulish.

I don´t presume to speculate on Mr. Williams´ reasons for taking his own life.

I do feel sorry that he felt hopeless enough to do so.

RIP, Mr. Williams.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: StormCnter, 8/14/2014 3:53:08 PM     (No. 9966063)

My brother is battling Parkinson´s, but the affliction doesn´t prevent him from enjoying his large family, his many friends, his horses, his cattle, his goats. Every day of life is a blessing for each of us. I´m sad Robin Williams didn´t realize that.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Safari Man, 8/14/2014 4:09:28 PM     (No. 9966083)

I have found myself wanting to understand *why* Williams would do this. What as the final straw? Its helpful to me to know a little more about the circumstances that led to his suicide, so I appreciated his wife sharing this with us. It was a private matter and she didn´t have to, but I suspect many people would like to know more about the sorts of things that might have pushed Williams over the edge.


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Reply 8 - Posted by: TXknitter, 8/14/2014 4:25:17 PM     (No. 9966095)

I saw the clip on Daily Mail from his upcoming Christmas movie. He looks VERY ill, much older than his actual age. Parkinson´s alone, yes, many live successfully with it. However, Mr. Williams was already battling a myriad of other serious problems. Plus, we can only imagine the cocktail of prescription meds the poor fella was taking at the time of his death. My sincere sympathies to his wife and children.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: mitzi, 8/14/2014 4:44:52 PM     (No. 9966130)

Recall that Janet Reno had Parkinson´s while she was attorney general. She announced in 1995 that she had been diagnosed and served until 2001.

And, according to Wiki - Michael J. Fox was diagnosed with Parkinson´s disease in 1991, and disclosed his condition to the public in 1998. Fox semi-retired from acting in 2000 as the symptoms of his disease worsened

Too bad Robin couldn´t handle it ... he could have made a positive impact.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: dMorgan, 8/14/2014 5:14:26 PM     (No. 9966169)

Robin Williams recently had open heart surgery. This can lead to deep depression in and of itself.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: SoCalGal, 8/14/2014 5:18:03 PM     (No. 9966173)

I agree with #5. Ghoulish.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: earlybird, 8/14/2014 5:22:28 PM     (No. 9966177)

Re #6, he was sad. Very, very depressed. And had self-medicsted in the past. Parkinson´s was perhaps the final straw.

Relativism doesn´t work here because no one of us has walked in his shoes.

I agree that the curiosity, over-detailed reporting, and extravagant casting of judgment is ghoulish.

Let him rest in peace. He´s in God´s hands now.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: Japanorama, 8/14/2014 5:25:24 PM     (No. 9966181)

Robin should have fought the disease, especially since progress is being made toward treatment and cure.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: dman, 8/14/2014 5:40:59 PM     (No. 9966190)

Judge not ..

Many have contemplated similar if faced with diseases like Parkinsons or Altzheimers. Top that with depression and substance abuse, and who knows what most might do?

Let´s just remember all the laughs, tears, and joy he gave us, say a prayer for him and his family, and leave the rest to God.

RIP, Robin.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623, 8/14/2014 8:39:34 PM     (No. 9966398)

I wouldn´t wish Parkinson´s, drug addiction, alcoholism or depression on anyone.

He was in recently in rehab. I believe he was on the wrong antidepressant that made him more depressed.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: Lucky4, 8/15/2014 1:27:34 AM     (No. 9966599)

Many people who have heart surgery come down with depression, Then you have a lifelong battle with addiction issues and then Parkinson´s? I know it is none of our business but I too wondered why , and now it is makes more sense to me. No less sad.

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