Robin Williams Was Diagnosed With Parkinson's Prior To His Death
By Mack Rawden 2014-08-14 12:10:54
Since Robin Williamsí shocking and tragic death earlier this week, many of the comedianís biggest fans have been waiting for an a-ha moment that would suddenly explain why he took his own life. In truth, that moment will likely never fully come. None of us will ever be able to feel what he was feeling at the end, but today, his wife revealed a very important puzzle piece. Prior to his death, Robin Williams was diagnosed with Parkinsonís Disease.
In a four paragraph statement, Williamsí wife Susan Schneider thanked fans for their outpouring of support and let everyone know her husband was sober at the end. In addition, she dropped the Parkinsonís diagnosis very tastefully and tactfully, helping all of us who loved him to learn one more layer about the larger than life personality.
You can read the full statement below, courtesy of The Hollywood ReporterÖ
ďRobin 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 ó Robin wanted us to laugh and to feel less afraid.
Parkinsonís is a Ēprogressive disorder of the nervous system that affects movementĒ. Typically, itís thought of by non-medical professionals as the disease that makes the afflictedís hands shake. Michael J Fox was diagnosed with the disorder in í91 and has been a very vocal advocate since í98. Boxing legend Muhammad Ali has also long battled against the disorder. He was diagnosed in í84.
Robin Williams used his body like a whirlwind. He was willing to manipulate it in any direction in order to get a laugh or a smile. As such, the diagnosis likely hit him even harder than most. Maybe thatís why he wasnít able to share it with the world. Maybe not. Either way, it was definitely a burdon and Iím sure carrying it was hard.
Cinema Blendís sincerest thoughts go out to the entire Williams family, as well as everyone who was touched by his life. He will be missed for generations to come.