As millions around the world are mourning the loss of one of the last great remaining comedic legends of our time, Robin Williams’ wife claimed today that in addition to depression and anxiety, the late comedian was suffering from the early stages of Parkinson’s Disease, according to a report by CNN.com.
Williams’ widow, Sharon Schneider, issued a statement today, stating, “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.” She went on to say, “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.”
(Williams in his classic film, “Jumanji”)
Robin Williams was a comedian and award winning actor known for his dozens of hit television shows and films, including “Mork and Mindy”, “Patch Adams”, and “Aladdin” – his suicide came as a shock to not only his own family, but his millions of fans around the world.
The newly mounted Disney version of Aladdin on Broadway performed a touching tribute at the end of their performance last night to Williams. After their regular performance commenced, the actor who plays the role of Genie (which Robin Williams originated in the classic 1993 film) stopped the show to invite the audience to join in a group tribute to Williams. Then, the cast and audience performed a touching rendition of “Friend Like Me”, Williams’ beloved song from the film. You can see the video below:
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