Michael J. Fox 'Stunned' Williams Had Parkinson's

He praises 'famously kind' actor for support

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted Aug 15, 2014 6:00 AM CDT | Updated Aug 15, 2014 7:16 AM CDT

(Newser) – Michael J. Fox says he was "stunned" to discover that his friend, supporter, and former prime-time rival Robin Williams also suffered from Parkinson's Disease. "Stunned to learn Robin had PD. Pretty sure his support for our Fdn predated his diagnosis. A true friend; I wish him peace," Fox tweeted, referring to Williams' fundraising for the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, the Independent reports. Williams was in the early stages of the disease, his wife revealed yesterday. Fox, who described Williams as "famously kind, ferociously funny, a genius, and a gentle soul," was diagnosed with the disease in 1991, but did not make the diagnosis public until seven years later, ABC notes.

This July 27, 2013 image released by NBC shows actor Michael J. Fox during the NBCUniversal Press Tour in Beverly Hills, Calif. .
This July 27, 2013 image released by NBC shows actor Michael J. Fox during the NBCUniversal Press Tour in Beverly Hills, Calif. .   (AP Photo/NBC, Chris Haston)
Michael J. Fox attends A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To Cure Parkinson’s benefit for The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research on Nov. 9, 2013 in New York.
Michael J. Fox attends A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To Cure Parkinson’s benefit for The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research on Nov. 9, 2013 in New York.   (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)
Tracy Pollan and Michael J. Fox attend A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To Cure Parkinson’s benefit on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013 in New York.
Tracy Pollan and Michael J. Fox attend A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To Cure Parkinson’s benefit on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013 in New York.   (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)
Michael J. Fox attends the NBC 2013 Fall season launch party hosted by Vanity Fair at Le Bain, in New York.
Michael J. Fox attends the NBC 2013 Fall season launch party hosted by Vanity Fair at Le Bain, in New York.   (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
Michael J. Fox attends the NBC 2013 Fall season launch party at Le Bain on Monday, Sept. 16, 2013, in New York.
Michael J. Fox attends the NBC 2013 Fall season launch party at Le Bain on Monday, Sept. 16, 2013, in New York.   (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
Michael J. Fox attends the NBC Network 2013 Upfront at Radio City Music Hall, Monday, May 13, 2013, in New York.
Michael J. Fox attends the NBC Network 2013 Upfront at Radio City Music Hall, Monday, May 13, 2013, in New York.   (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
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