Michael J. Fox Talks Robin Williams’ Secret Parkinson’s Diagnosis

Posted Friday August 15, 2014 9:46 AM GMT

He’s been battling Parkinson’s disease for decades so when Michael J Fox discovered that the late Robin Williams was also in the early stages of the disease when he died, he was taken aback.

The “Back to the Future” actor tweeted a message of condolence and support for Williams’ family, noting that Robin was a big supporter of the Michael J. Fox Foundation for years.

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

When news first broke of the “Dead Poets Society” star’s death, Michael shared that he was “famously kind, ferociously funny, a genius and a gentle soul. What a loss.”