Monday, June 17, 2024

Robin Williams’ Wife Says He Had Early Parkinson’s, His “Sobriety Was Intact” in New Statement


Robin Williams’ wife Susan Schneider revealed in a statement today that her late husband had early Parkinson’s Disease. She also says his “sobriety was intact.” He also suffered from past substance abuse and deep depression. We’re never going to know what exactly happened. But the deaths of his older brother , and also his friend Gerry Margolis, who’d been his longtime lawyer and confident, certainly added to the equation. He was not broke, as many have reported. And I don’t think he was depressed about making movies or his TV show. Plenty of movie actors go into series TV. If it’s a hit, they have an annuity. Many– like Kelsey Grammer– go back and forth between the mediums.

Here is Susan Schneider’s 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.”


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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