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August 14, 2014 01:25 PM

Wife Reveals Robin Williams Had Parkinson's Disease

Susan Schneider, wife of Robin Williams, says the late actor was in the early stages of Parkinson's Disease, along with battling depression and anxiety, when he took his own life. Williams was found dead in his California home on Monday.

The 63-year-old had been open about the challenge of staying sober; he sought treatment in 2006 when he relapsed and started drinking again. In July, the actor spent time in Minnesota at the Hazelden addiction treatment center.

Schneider released the following statement on Thursday:

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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