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Williams’ wife revealed that before his death, the actor was in early stages of Parkinson’s Disease. 

The legendary actor and comedian Robin Williams, who recently committed suicide by hanging himself, was in the early stages of Parkinson’s Disease. According to a recent statement released by his widow Susan Schneider, although Williams was sober, he was still battling with depression, anxiety and was in the early stages of Parkinson’s when he died. He was not ready for the public to know of this new diagnosis. 

Her statement read, "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."

It is not clear whether or not his Parkinson’s Disease affected his ability to work since he was recently seen for one season in The Crazy Ones and had four upcoming films being released. 

Parkinson’s Disease is a progressive disorder that develops gradually and certain nerve cells in the brain progressively break down or die. It affects the nervous system, therefore affecting movement. It could start out with a barely noticeable tremor in the hand or stiffness or slowing of movement. 

In the early stages of Parkinson's disease, like what Williams has been reported having, your face may show very little or even no expression or the arms may not swing as you walk. Speech can also become soft or slurred. 

It’s not a curable disease but medication can be used to control it and its symptoms. In rare cases, surgery is necessary to regulate certain symptoms. 

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