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Robin Williams was in early stages of Parkinson's, wife says

Robin Williams, who was found dead from an apparent suicide earlier this week, was battling the "early stages" of Parkinson's disease at the time, his wife said in statement Thursday.

Susan Schneider also said Williams' sobriety was intact 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," she stated.

Williams was found dead by his personal assistant Monday inside his home in the San Francisco Bay Area community of Tiburon. Authorities said it appeared the cause of death was "asphyxia due to hanging," although toxicology reports for a final report will take weeks.

The full statement reads as follows:

"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."

This is a file photo from 2012 of Susan Schneider and comedian Robin Williams. She issued a statement Thursday about his health before his death. Getty Images

This is a file photo from 2012 of Susan Schneider and comedian Robin Williams. She issued a statement Thursday about his health before his death. Getty Images

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