By Cheryl Steinberg
If you’re like me, you might have thought that there was a possibility that the actor and comedian had relapsed, leading to his final demise. After all, it was well-known that Williams had a history of both alcoholism and drug addiction, namely cocaine. In fact, the beloved comedian was open about this aspect of his life. In a 2006 interview he told ABC’s Diane Sawyer of his addiction, “It waits. It lays in wait for the time when you think, ‘It’s fine now, I’m OK.’ Then, the next thing you know, it’s not OK.’”
Then there was the recent stint this past June in a rehab. But, not because he fell off the wagon, but in order to stay sober, according to People magazine.
His wife, Susan Schneider, had said he was sober at the time of his suicide. And now, the toxicology report released Friday by the Coroner of the Marin County Sheriff’s office proves it.
Sadly, it seems, the funny man was dogged by anxiety, depression, and a recent diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease.
Ms. Schneider released a statement Wednesday:
“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.”
Rest In Peace, Mr. Williams. You are sorely missed.
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