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Robin Williams had Parkinson's disease, wife says

Actor-comedian Robin Williams also suffered from the early stages of Parkinson's disease, the late actor's wife, Susan Schneider said Thursday.

Many have speculated about the state of Robin Williams' health and sobriety at the time of his apparent suicide earlier this week, but Schneider confirmed that he was still sober.

Flowers are seen on the late Robin Williams' star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles, California August 12, 2014.
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Flowers are seen on the late Robin Williams' star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles, California August 12, 2014.

"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," Schneider said in a statement.

She said Williams was not ready to publicly share the condition, adding that she hopes his death inspires others to "seek the care and support they need to treat whatever battles they are facing…"

Parkinson's disease is a disorder of the nervous system that affects movement, often causing tremors, stiffness and/or slow movement.

Williams died in his California home on Monday from an apparent suicide from asphyxiation by hanging, according to preliminary results from forensic investigators.

The Oscar-winning actor is best known for starring roles in "Good Will Hunting," "Good Morning, Vietnam," "The Fisher King" and "Mrs. Doubtfire."

Read Schneider's full statement below:

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.

By CNBC's Karma Allen

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