(SAN FRANCISCO) – On late Thursday, Robin Williams‘ wife said he was suffering from the early stages of Parkinson’s disease at the time of his death. According to the Sheriff of Marin County, authorities called for 911 immediately when they found his unresponsive body. Earlier on Monday. medical examiners had suspected suicide by the condition of asphyxia.
It has been observed that the star had been battling from severe late depression and occasionally used to visit the rehabilitation centers, following the alcohol issue which had been a problem for him till the end.
His wife, Susan Schneider, in her complete statement said:
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.
Earlier this week, Susan Schneider, announced, “This morning, I lost my husband and my best friend, while the world lost one of its most beloved artists and beautiful human beings. I am utterly heartbroken,” she further stated, “On behalf of Robin’s family, we are asking for privacy during our time of profound grief. As he is remembered, it is our hope the focus will not be on Robin’s death, but on the countless moments of joy and laughter he gave to millions.”
In the late 1970s, Robin Williams made his breakthrough with a Golden Globe winning performance in TV show, “Mork and Mindy”, and also succeeded a distinction for his roles in “Mrs. Doubtfire” and “Good Morning, Vietnam”. Furthermore, he was acknowledged as a fine comedian and parody artist for the performances he delivered over decades. Williams achieved an Oscar for his Supporting Role in “Good Will Hunting“. Previously, the 63 year old actor had made a return to series television by starring in his last appearance, “The Crazy Ones“.
Recently, many celebrities and known personalities mourned at his departure.
I can’t believe the news about Robin Williams. He gave so much to so many people. I’m heartbroken.
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) August 11, 2014
I could not be more stunned by the loss of Robin Williams, mensch, great talent, acting partner, genuine soul.
— Steve Martin (@SteveMartinToGo) August 11, 2014