Robin Williams was in the early stages of Parkinson’s disease, his wife says

“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 ready to share publicly,” Schneider said. (Her full statement is below.)

Already this week, rumors have been flying about Williams’s alleged troubles, from money issues to reports that he started drinking again. Williams, 63, had battled alcohol addiction for years, and spent time briefly in a rehabilitation facility this summer.

Williams’s representative, Mara Buxbaum, also said the actor had no financial problems, telling TheWrap, “We should be blessed to have Robin’s financial status.”

On Tuesday, investigators confirmed that preliminary investigation revealed Williams died of suicide as a result hanging due to asphyxia. An official cause of death and toxicology report will be released in the next several weeks.

Here’s Schneider’s full statement:

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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Emily Yahr is an entertainment reporter and pop culture blogger for the Style section. She joined the Post in May 2008, a week before she graduated from the University of Maryland, and worked on Lisa de Moraes' TV Column and blog.
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