The Role Parkinson’s Disease May Have Played in Robin Williams’ Death

Robin Williams starToday, Robin Williams’ wife, Susan Schneider, lent some insight into health issues the comedian faced – namely his battle with Parkinson’s Disease.

“Robin spent so much of his life helping others. Whether he was entertaining millions on stage, film or television, our troops on the front lines, or comforting a sick child — Robin wanted us to laugh and to feel less afraid.

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.”

Parkinson’s Disease is a progressive motor disease that affects the brain’s nerve cells. It slows movement causing tremors, motor problems, stiffness and slowness of movement. According to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, as many as 10 million people live with the disease with 60% showing signs of depression.

Susan Schneider and Williams’ daughter, Zelda (named after a princess) shared their feelings and insights on the man who might have been the funniest man ever.

Watch it here –

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Michael J Fox on Robin Williams

Like most of us who have tried to make sense of this tragic ending for a man who caused endless smiling and laughter, Michael J. Fox showed his compassion via social media. You know Fox from his leading roles in Family Ties and Back to the Future in the 1980’s and more recently in The Good Wife.

I love every role of Fox’s and have enjoyed seeing the actor we love move through the stages of the disease with strength, stamina and fearlessness. I only wish we could have had the chance to see he and Robin together. Just one more time.


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