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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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61.

News Flash     

It was reported he had a dark bedroom and stayed in there for days. Why would anyone leave him like that?

34 days ago
62.

truth1253    

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33 days ago
63.

missdiva22    

it,s so very sad

33 days ago
64.

Connor James    

How many suicides have occured since this one? Who cares, and why? What makes this one any different? Name one "good suicide and I'll give you an enima.

33 days ago
65.

natalyluna    

what bothers me is her ignorance. sometimes people need helping with fixing their own problems, maybe it's his way of asking for your help. damn she needs to get off her high horse and put pride aside and offer some help to him

33 days ago
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natalyluna    

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33 days ago
67.

Ruthless    

I know a soldier who died at age 21, the same day Robin did. I'm sure he would love to have his life again. This loser is taking it.

33 days ago
68.

Don DeLuxxe    

Mr. Williams is not the first person to call it a day when illness and age and depression crowd around him.

How much did he have to look forward to he may have wondered.

In 7 years he would be 70 y/o, dealing with Parkinson's and who knows what else was eating away at him, physically and emotionally.

It's just flat-out sad. RIP.

33 days ago
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Scott Nelson    

I spent three years (1995-98) living with and caring for several elderly people suffering from advanced dementia brought on by Parkinson’s. I saw first-hand how this disease ultimately leaves its victims trapped in a truly terrifying, living hell – with no way out except fading slowly and somewhat agonizingly into a merciful death. Robin Williams was smart enough to realize this is where he would have soon ended up - and brave enough to take control and force death to accept some of his terms. For this, I personally salute him. Much better to go that way than end life as an anxious zombie with a brain turning to treacle. Much better to choose quality over quantity.

Raising awareness

This year, I self-published The Carer, a short e-novel that offers a “Faustian tale of patricide by proxy and the corrosive effects of power” - and the strongest argument yet for quitting while we're ahead. You can buy The Carer for USD0.99 from Amazon and all other major ebook retailers.

Scott Nelson
Halifax, Nova Scotia

33 days ago
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spectrabei    

You are absolutely right, Connor James! This is public situation involving a public figure. Mrs. Williams walked out to go shopping at 10:30 AM she never checked on Mr. Williams condition, not once through the night or the morning. This case could be a resounding Testament to the culpability of family members and loved ones in preventing family (loved ones ) from doing harm to themselves or others.

"Robin Williams current wife", must be charged with Criminally Negligent Manslaughter in the preventable death of Robin Williams.

33 days ago
71.

annaK83    

If he didn't want the public to know, I would have kept that close to my heart. The William's family sure isn't shying away from public.

33 days ago
72.

spectrabei    

He did it to spite the woman he was married too. She was "****ING" around on him while he was in Rehab here in Minnesota. Do you know what he did? I will bet that the coroner report will state that MR. Williams time of death was after Mrs. Williams left the house . He was waiting to "care", enough to come and "Save His Life",when she left to go shopping, That is when Mr. Williams hung himself.

"Robin Williams current wife", must be charged with Criminally Negligent Manslaughter in the preventable death of Robin Williams.

33 days ago
73.

NY_Babygirl    

Wow, this is just sad, I still can't believe it.

33 days ago
74.

Blah    

I am still so upset by this I hope he is at peace now. He was a hell of an actor and human being.

33 days ago
75.

spectrabei    

You should know that "null" is simple word for "quiescence" You are a simple individual in a complex word, "GET A LIFE".

33 days ago
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