Robin William's Wife: He Had Parkinson's

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

The wife of Robin Williams says he was in the early stages of Parkinson's disease and was sober at the time of his apparent suicide.

In a statement Thursday, Susan Schneider said that Williams was struggling with depression, anxiety and the early stages of Parkinson's when he was found dead earlier this week..

The wife of the actor-comedian said he was not ready to share his Parkinson's diagnosis publicly.

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Sheriff's officials near San Francisco say Robin Williams committed suicide by hanging himself with a belt at his home.

A sheriff's lieutenant says Williams' personal assistant found the actor yesterday in a bedroom at Williams' home. Williams also had superficial cuts on his wrist, and a pocketknife was found nearby.

According to Sheriff's Lt. Keith Boyd, Williams had been seeking treatment for depression. Boyd isn't saying whether Williams left a suicide note.

The actor's wife had last seen him the night before, and had left the home that morning thinking he was still asleep. Williams' personal assistant later came to the home and became concerned when he knocked on the door and got no response.

It will take weeks to get the results of toxicology tests on whether Williams had any drugs or alcohol in his system.

Fans and friends have been leaving bouquets, candles and personal notes in front of the locked gates of the home. Neighbors say he had lived in the quiet, waterfront neighborhood for eight years, and that he was friendly and approachable.

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Oscar-winner Robin Williams, whose free-form comedy and adept impressions dazzled audiences for decades, has died in an apparent suicide. He was 63.

The Marin County Sheriff's Office says Williams was pronounced dead at his home in California on Monday. The sheriff's office says a preliminary investigation shows the cause of death to be a suicide due to asphyxia.

Williams shot to fame in the late '70s as the alien in TV's "Mork and Mindy." He conquered the big screen in comic films such as "Good Morning, Vietnam" and "Mrs. Doubtfire." But he won his Academy Award in a serious role - as the therapist in "Good Will Hunting."

His performing style was at its purest in his standup act, as he impersonated a Russian immigrant or parodied anyone from John Wayne to Keith Richards.

Celebrity colleagues and admirers of Robin Williams shared their reactions Monday to his death at age 63 in an apparent suicide:

- "I am completely and totally devastated. What more can be said?" - Pam Dawber, in a statement.

- "Robin was a lightning storm of comic genius and our laughter was the thunder that sustained him. He was a pal and I can't believe he's gone." - Steven Spielberg, in a statement.

- "I could not be more stunned by the loss of Robin Williams, mensch, great talent, acting partner, genuine soul." - Steve Martin, on Twitter.

- "I saw him on stage the very first time he auditioned at the Improv and we have been friends ever since. It's a very sad day." - Jay Leno, in a statement.

- "We have lost one of our most inspired and gifted comic minds, as well as one of this generation's greatest actors. To watch Robin work, was a magical and special privilege. His performances were unlike anything any of us had ever seen, they came from some spiritual and otherworldly place. He truly was one of the few people who deserved the title of 'genius.'" - Chris Columbus, in a statement.

- "Robin was as sweet a man as he was funny. If you're sad, please tell someone." - Jimmy Kimmel, on Twitter.

- "Robin was friend, boss, brother, inspiration. His generosity and intelligence knew no limits." - Harvey Fierstein, on Twitter.

- "I've never known a sweeter, brighter, more considerate person than Robin. Robin's commitment as an artist to lifting our mood and making us happy is compared to none. He loved us all and we loved him back." - John Travolta, in a statement.

- "A big tenacious overflowing hyperkinetic eruption of compassion would be (the) best tribute to Williams." - John Cusack on Twitter.

- "Robin Williams was an airman, a doctor, a genie, a nanny, a president, a professor, a bangarang Peter Pan, and everything in between. But he was one of a kind. He arrived in our lives as an alien - but he ended up touching every element of the human spirit." - President Barack Obama, in a statement.

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