Robin Williams had early stage Parkinson's Disease
August 15 , 2014
Robin Williams, who was found dead at his home in northern California on 11th August, was suffering depression, anxiety, and early stages of Parkinson’s Disease, his widow Susan Schneider said. His being diagnosed with the condition was "an additional fear and burden in his life," said an associate of the family.
According to the ongoing investigation into his death, Robin William’s used a belt to hang himself from his bedroom door in Marin County, California. His death is being treated as a suicide by hanging.
The 63-year-old comic had been treated for depression at a rehabilitation facility in July this year. He had also been treated twice earlier for drug and alcohol addiction.
Parkinson’s Disease is a degenerative disease of the nervous system that affects people over the age of 50. The actor Michael J. Fox and the boxer Muhammad Ali are some of the celebrities who have openly revealed their struggle with the disease and called for more research into how it can be treated.