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Robin Williams

Early Stages of Parkinson's Disease

8/14/2014 11:21 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Robin Williams' wife says he was in the early stages of Parkinson's disease at the time of his death -- but she says he wanted to keep that battle under wraps.

Susan Schneider just released a statement, saying ... "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."

Susan does not draw a connection between the Parkinson's and Robin's suicide.

She added, "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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1.

Francie    

So sad.....a man who shone such bright light had so much darkness inside.....loss of a comedic genius. Huge loss. There is more to the picture.

47 days ago
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Celebarazzi.com    

Damn. Another possible contribution to his suicide. :(

47 days ago
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Lauren    

My grandpa died from Parkinson's.....terrible disease

47 days ago
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exmar    

leave the man rest in peace harvey you small small small man. run another kardashian story earn your dollar so you can go to the gym and drive a porche so you can hide the fact that you are a short impotent gay grandpa, leave a dead man alone

47 days ago
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WD    

"but she says he wanted to keep that battle under wraps"

Then WHY make it public now?

47 days ago
6.

john    

Was it Parkinson's or related to treatment for Bipolar disorder?

47 days ago
7.

lov3ly    

Wow..my heart weighs heavy for Robin n his family..so overwhelmed with it all he found what he thought was his only escape..RIP Robin

47 days ago
8.

disturbed    

Why would she even say anything that would be negative towards her very recent late husband

47 days ago
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James R. - Los Angeles    

Going to milk Williams death for all the money you can, huh, TMZ?

47 days ago
10.

Tazz    

RIP Funny man. I wish that your demons finally left you in peace.

47 days ago
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myopinion    

This explains why Robin looked so depressed in the last few weeks....So sad may he R.I.P. and condolences to his family.

47 days ago
12.

tooshy20    

Then why make this public now?

47 days ago
13.

Blah    

Poor guy isn't that what Michael J Fox has?

47 days ago
14.

me    

the press is going to flock to michael j fox now

47 days ago
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bahhh    

I do not know much about Parkinson's, but isn't that what Michael J. Fox has, also..? Funny (as in ironic) that both had drinking problems..As I said, I am not familiar with Parkinson's, but wondering if alcohol may contribute to it..Just lost my mom to Alzheimer's, she was a smoker, and there is no concrete proof, but some suggest smoking might contribute to Alzheimer's..

47 days ago
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