Today Susan Schneider, the wife of Robin Williams, issued a statement following his shocking suicide earlier this week (that we are all still very upset about). The statement is brief but powerful, and revealed that the actor was suffering from Parkinson’s disease. Read it below.
“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.”
And that’s really what you should take away from this –- if you are feeling like this, talk to someone. There may be someone in your life who can make you feel better about it, just like Williams made countless people feel better about their own lives.
Gallery | In Memoriam 2014: Stars We’ve Lost This Year
- Actress Lauren Bacall (September 16, 1924 – August 12, 2014)
This photo shows Lauren Bacall arriving at the Vanity Fair Dinner And After Party celebrating the 82nd Academy Awards is lit up at the Sunset Tower Hotel in West Hollywood, California on March 7, 2010. The actress died Tuesday, August 12, 2014 following a massive stroke. She was 89. (Photo by RICH SCHMITT/AFP/GettyImages)
- Actor and Comedian Robin Williams (July 21, 1951 – August 11, 2001)
This Sept. 25, 2013 photo released by SiriusXM radio shows Robin Williams during the Entertainment Weekly Radio town hall in New York. The actor and comedian died Monday, August 11, 2014, possibly from suicide, according to a press release from the Marin County Sheriff’s Department. (AP Photo/SiriusXM, Jason Shaltz)
- Actress Elaine Stritch (February 2, 1925 – July 17, 2014)
Elaine Stritch, the brash theater performer whose gravelly, gin-laced voice and impeccable comic timing made her a Broadway legend died of natural causes Thursday, July 17, at the age of 89. (AP Photo/The O+M Company, Walter McBride)
- Actor Eli Wallach (December 7, 1915 – June 24, 2014)
In this file photo, Eli Wallach arrives at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards, where he received an honorary Oscar for his lifetime of work, held at the Kodak Theatre on February 27, 2011 in Hollywood, California. The veteran actor — most famous for his roles in “The Misfits,” “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly,” and “The Magnificent Seven” died Tuesday, June 24, 2014, at the age of 98. His death was confirmed by his daughter, Katherine. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
- Actress Ruby Dee (October 27, 1922 – June 11, 2014)
In this Oct. 13, 2011 file photo, actress Ruby Dee attends the Broadway premiere of ” The Mountaintop,” in New York. Dee, an acclaimed actor and civil rights activist whose versatile career spanned stage, radio television and film, has died at age 91, according to her daughter. Nora Davis Day told The Associated Press on Thursday, June 12, 2014, that her mother died at home at New Rochelle, New York, on Wednesday night. (AP Photo/ Louis Lanzano, file)
- Actress Ann B. Davis (May 3, 1926 – June 1, 2014)
In this April 14, 2007, file photo, Ann B. Davis arrives at the 5th Annual TV Land Awards in Santa Monica, Calif. Emmy-winning actress Davis, who played the housekeeper on “The Brady Bunch,” died at a San Antonio hospital on Sunday, June 1, 2014. She was 88. (AP Photo/Gus Ruelas, File)
- Renaissance Woman Maya Angelou (April 4, 1928 – May 28, 2014)
In this Oct. 17, 2013 file photo, Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Maya Angelou poses for photographers during the fifth annual Norman Mailer Center benefit gala at the New York Public Library in New York. Angelou, a Renaissance woman and cultural pioneer, has died, Wake Forest University said in a statement Wednesday, May 28, 2014. She was 86. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)
- Actor Bob Hoskins (October 26, 1942 – April 29, 2014)
This Sept. 20, 2010 file photo shows British actor Bob Hoskins arriving for the World Premiere of “Made in Dagenham” in London. Bob Hoskins, whose varied career ranged from “Mona Lisa” to “Who Framed Roger Rabbit?” has died aged 71. A family statement released Wednesday by agent Clair Dobbs said Hoskins died in a hospital after a bout of pneumonia. In 2012 Hoskins announced that he had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and was retiring from acting. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan, file)
- Actor Mickey Rooney (September 23, 1920 – April 6, 2014)
Legendary Hollywood actor Mickey Rooney, whose career spanned more than eight decades, died of natural causes Sunday, April 6, 2014, at his home in North Hollywood, Calif. He was 93. (ADRIAN SANCHEZ-GONZALEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
- Actor-Director-Writer Harold Ramis (November 21, 1944 – February 24, 2014)
Director, writer, and actor Harold Ramis, whose movies include “Ghostbusters,” “Caddyshack,” and “Groundhog Day,” died in the early morning on Feb. 24, 2014 from complications of autoimmune inflammatory disease. He was 69 years old. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)
- Actor-Comedian-Writer Sid Caesar (September 8, 1922 – February 12, 2014)
In this May 5, 2002, file photo, Sid Caesar, of “Your Show of Shows,” arrives at NBC’s 75th anniversary celebration in New York. Caesar, whose sketches lit up 1950s television with zany humor, died Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014. He was 91. (AP Photo/Ron Frehm, File)
- Actress Shirley Temple (April 23, 1928 – February 10, 2014)
Shirley Temple, who delivered unforgettable performances as a child actress in the classics “Bright Eyes,” “Curly Top,” and “A Little Princess,” (seen here at the 2006 Screen Actors Guild Awards) died of natural causes at her home in Woodside, Calif. Feb. 10, 2014. She was 85. (Photo by Vince Bucci/Getty Images)
- Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman (July 23, 1967 – February 2, 2014)
Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, known for his risk-taking roles and his Oscar-winning turn as iconic writer Truman Capote in “Capote,” died of an apparent drug overdose at his apartment in New York City on February 2, 2014.
- Actress Ruth Duccini (July 23, 1918 – January 16, 2014)
Ruth Duccini was the last of the original female Munchkins from “The Wizard of Oz” (1939). She died of natural causes at 95 years old. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
- Actor Roger Lloyd-Pack (February 8, 1944 – January 15, 2014)
British actor Roger Lloyd-Pack, famous for his role as “Trigger” in the sitcom “Only Fools and Horses,” died age 69 on January 15, 2014, after suffering from Pancreatic Cancer, his agent confirmed on January 16, 2014. (JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images)
- Actor Russell Johnson (November 10, 1924 – January 16, 2014)
Actor Russell Johnson, best known as the Professor on “Gilligan’s Island,” died of kidney failure January 16, 2014 at his home in Bainbridge Island, Washington. He was 89. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
- Actress Alexandra Bastedo (March 9, 1946 – January 12, 2014)
A film and television actress, best known for her role in the British TV series “The Champions,” Alexandra Bastedo died January 12 of cancer at the age of 67. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
- Actress Carmen Zapata (July 15, 1927 – January 5, 2014)
Actress Carmen Zapata died Sunday, January 5, 2014, at her Los Angeles home, surrounded by family and friends. She was 86. Zapata started her career in 1945 in the Broadway musical “Oklahoma” and went on to perform in “Bells Are Ringing,” “Guys and Dolls” and many plays. Her movie credits include “Sister Act,” “Gang Boys” and “Carola,” as well as dozens of television series. (AP Photo/Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, Bob Freeman)
- Actress Juanita Moore (October 19, 1922 – January 1, 2014)
Academy Award-nominated actress Juanita Moore, known for her role in the 1959 classic “Imitation of Life,” died New Year’s Day of natural causes at 99 years old. (GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)
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