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Wife: Robin Williams suffering early stages of Parkinson’s disease when he died

Susan Schneider and actor Robin Williams attend the Premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures' 'Happy Feet Two' at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on November 13, 2011 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

Susan Schneider and actor Robin Williams attend the Premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures’ ‘Happy Feet Two’ at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre on November 13, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif (CNN) — Robin Williams was sober, but was struggling with depression, anxiety and the early stages of Parkinson’s disease when he died, his wife said Thursday.

Williams was found dead in his Northern California home Monday from what investigators suspect was a suicide by hanging.

While fans and friends have looked for answers to why the 63-year-old comedy icon would take his own life, his wife, Susan Schneider, issued a written statement that could shed some light.

“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,” Schneider said. “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.”

CNN’s Carolyn Sung contributed to this report.

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1 Comment

  • Joe

    I can understand him going into depression, a black hole of nothing the other side after 6 years of Obama, and now seeing the future go down the crapper while the world burns , America’s being stabbed in the back with illegal criminals being placed all over and total disregard for us.