Robin Wil­liams’ wife: He had Parkin­son’s dis­ease

The Covington News - - THE WIRE -

LOS AN­GE­LES (AP) — Robin Wil­liams was in the early stages of Parkin­son’s dis­ease and was sober at the time of his ap­par­ent sui­cide, his wife said Thurs­day.

In a state­ment, Su­san Schneider said that Wil­liams, 63, was strug­gling with de­pres­sion, anx­i­ety and the Parkin­son’s di­ag­no­sis when he was found dead ear­lier this week. Au­thor­i­ties said the ac­tor-comedian’s death was sui­cide.

Schneider did not of­fer de­tails on when Wil­liams had been di­ag­nosed or his symp­toms.

Parkin­son’s dis­ease is a pro­gres­sive dis­or­der of the ner­vous sys­tem that af­fects move­ment. It de­vel­ops grad­u­ally, some­times start­ing with a small tremor in one hand. The dis­or­der also com­monly causes stiff­ness or slow­ing of move­ment.

Ac­tor Michael J. Fox, who has long had the dis­ease, is known for his ef­forts to fund re­search into it.

“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,” Schneider said.

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