Rob Schneider: Robin Williams’ Parkinson’s Medication Contributed To Suicide

Robin Williams has been gone for nearly one week, but the world is still trying to make some kind of sense of his death. Learning that the Mrs. Doubtfire actor was suffering from severe depression was a shock to many people, particularly because Williams always seemed so happy and full of life. For those still stunned over Williams’ passing, actor Rob Schneider came forward with an interesting theory. According to Radar Online, Schneider — who was friends with Williams — suggested that Robin’s medication for Parkinson’s Disease contributed to his suicide.

Now that we can talk about it. #RobinWilliams was on a drug treating the symptoms of Parkinson’s. One of the SIDE-EFFECTS IS SUICIDE!

— Rob Schneider (@RobSchneider) August 14, 2014

The Evil pharmaceutical industry ADMITS TO OVER 100,000 people in the USA DIE A YEAR FROM “PRESCRIPTION” DRUGS!! #RobinWilliams

— Rob Schneider (@RobSchneider) August 14, 2014

Robin Williams was recently diagnosed with the early stages of Parkinson’s Disease, according to his wife, Susan Schneider (no relation to the Grown Ups actor). As previously reported by The Inquisitr, Williams wasn’t quite ready to go public with the news. It is unknown if his depression worsened following the diagnosis or how much weight that had on his life, but it probably wasn’t easy for him to find out that news to say the least.

According to Mail Online, Rob Schneider wasn’t the only person who felt as though the drugs that he was on caused him to have suicidal thoughts, and ultimately to act on them.


“He was on medication for anxiety and depression and had also started taking drugs to combat the early onset of Parkinson’s. Many of these drugs list suicidal thoughts as a possible side effect. A lot of Robin’s friends are convinced that the cocktail of prescription pills he was on somehow contributed to his mental state deteriorating as quickly as it did. Robin had always suffered from depression and addiction but the diagnosis and treatment of his Parkinson’s was new, as was the combination of drugs he was on.”

It’s unknown what drugs Robin Williams, 63, was taking, but there is said to be a correlation between people who have depression who also suffer from Parkinson’s Disease. According to WebMD, depression is a side effect of Parkinson’s and/or its treatment. The site does say that the depression caused by the disease (or its treatment) can be controlled… so it’s possible that doctors were working to get Williams’ the right medication and the proper dose to combat his negative feelings. Unfortunately, Williams’ overwhelming sense of doom took over.

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