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Michael J. Fox Says He is ‘Stunned’ to Learn That His Friend Robin Williams Had Been Diagnosed With Parkinson’s Disease

Aug 14, 2014  •  Post A Comment

Michael J. Fox, who considered Robin Williams a “true friend,” says he was stunned to learn today that Williams had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.

Fox tweeted this afternoon: “Stunned to learn Robin had PD. Pretty sure his support for our Fdn predated his diagnosis. A true friend; I wish him peace.”

When Fox first heard of Williams’ suicide on Monday, Aug. 11, he tweeted: “Famously kind, ferociously funny, a genius and a gentle soul. What a loss.

Fox was diagnosed with “young-onset Parkinson’s disease” in 1991, when he was 30 years old. He did not reveal to the public that he had the disease until 1998.

But Williams did not confide in his friend Fox when Williams was diagnosed with Parkinson’s.

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