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Rob Schneider Links Robin Williams Suicide To Parkinson's Drugs

08/18/2014 09:23 am ET | Updated Aug 18, 2014
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Comedian Rob Schneider made a controversial statement about Robin Williams' death, suggesting the actor's suicide could be linked to medication taken to treat Parkinson's disease.

Schneider, who was friends with Williams for 20 years after the two first met on the set of "Saturday Night Live" in the 1980s, took to Twitter last week to discuss the actor's death.

He then apparently took a jab at some of those responding to his remarks.

Williams' wife, Susan Schneider, who has no relation to Rob Schneider, revealed the 63-year-old was dealing with the early stages of Parkinson's disease before he died. However, she maintained that the actor -- who battled substance abuse on and off since the 1980s and checked into rehab last month to maintain his sobriety -- was sober at the time of his death.

"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," she wrote in a statement released to the media.

Williams was found dead in his Tiburon, California, home on Aug. 11. The cause of death was determined to suicide by asphyxiation.

Need help? In the U.S., call 1-800-273-8255 for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

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