Michael J. Fox Reacts to Robin Williams’ Parkinsons Reveal…
Earlier today, Robin Williams’ wife, Susan Schneider, released a statement revealing that the actor was dealing with the early stages of Parkinson’s disease, which attacks the central nervous system.
“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.”
While shocking to hear for the rest of us, one fellow actor and friend who is all too familiar with the disease himself, Michael J. Fox, tweeted that he was stunned to learn of Williams’ diagnosis:
Robin Williams was a longtime contributor and supporter of The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, and had even performed at galas for the foundation. It’s truly sad to hear that he was also dealing with the early stages of this degenerative disease. Though his family have not suggested that this diagnosis lead to his decision to commit suicide, as his family was devastated and shocked at the actor’s taking of his own life themselves, it must have been a truly daunting prospect to the beloved comedian on top of his ongoing battles with anxiety and depression.
Looks like where I know I’ll be sending my donations in Williams’ memory <3
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