Saturday 29 November 2014

Michael J. Fox 'stunned' over Robin Williams' Parkinson's diagnosis

Published 15/08/2014 | 07:31

Michael J. Fox is “stunned” to learn Robin Williams was suffering from Parkinson’s Disease.

The late comedian’s widow, Susan Schneider, shared the diagnosis Thursday, hoping it would help others to be “less afraid” in facing their own struggles in the wake of Robin’s death.

Michael was diagnosed with the degenerative disease in 1991 but didn’t share this publicly until seven years later and became a vocal advocate for fellow sufferers.

And in a tweet posted hours after the revelation, said he considered Robin a “true” and supportive friend.

Robin Williams

“Stunned to learn Robin had PD. Pretty sure his support for our Fdn predated his diagnosis. A true friend; I wish him peace,” Michael’s message read.

The note came a short while after Susan addressed speculation about Robin’s recent struggles after the actor was found dead in his California home Monday following an apparent suicide at the age of 63.

"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," the statement from Susan read in part.

"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,” she said.

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