Robin Williams Had Parkinson’s

    U.S. actor Robin Williams poses for photographers during a photo call in Rome November 15, 2005. Williams is in Italy to promote his latest movie 'The Big White', opening on November 18. REUTERS/Alessia Pierdomenico - RTR1B0UP

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    Susan Schneider, widow of the late comedy legend Robin Williams, revealed in a statement Thursday that her husband had been battling the early stages of Parkinson’s disease, a degenerative disorder that targets the nervous system. “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 wrote. “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.” Williams took his own life at his home in Tiburon, California, on Monday morning.

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