Robin Williams’ wife, Susan Schneider, has released a statement further clarifying the mental state her husband was in before he committed suicide on Monday, Aug. 11.
There has been some speculation that Williams’ prior addictions could have had a role in his death in addition to his well-documented struggles with depression, but Schneider says Williams was sober. She reveals that Williams was diagnosed with the early stages of Parkinson’s disease, which he had not been ready to go public with at the time of his death.
“Robin’s sobriety was intact and he was so brave as he struggled with his own battles of depression, anxiety as well as early stages of Parkinson’s disease, which he was not ready to share publicly,” she writes. “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’ preliminary cause of death was determined to be asphyxia caused by hanging. Investigators also discovered “superficial” cuts on the inside of his left wrist and a pocketknife located near the body. He was 63.