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Widow: Robin Williams Diagnosed With Parkinson’s Disease Before Suicide

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Robin Williams was in the early stages of Parkinson’s Disease when he committed suicide and was sober, according to a statement his widow.

In a statement, Susan Schneider said the Oscar-winning actor and comedian “was not yet ready to share publicly” the diagnosis and that his sobriety was “intact” despite battles with depression and anxiety.

Williams, 63, was found dead in his Northern California home around noon Monday. Coroner’s officials said he died of apparent suicide by hanging.

He was found in a bedroom of his home in a seated position, slightly suspended with a belt around his neck, and the other end of the belt wedged in a closet door, according to officials.

Schnieder said she hopes Williams’ death will encourage others who may be struggling with similar issues.

“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’re facing so they may feel less afraid,” she said.

Read more at CBSLA.com.

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