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After it was revealed last week that Robin Williams was being treated for the early stages of Parkinson's disease before his death, friend and fellow comedian, Rob Schneider, has suggested the actor's suicide could be linked to medication he was taking for the illness.
In a series of tweets, Rob — who has no relation to Robin's wife, Susan Schneider — discussed the 63-year-old's tragic death.
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
When the 50-year-old received some pushback regarding the tweets, he took another jab at the pharmaceutical industry:
Check out all the Big Pharma Trolls climbing out from under the sludge! See how ugly they are!— Rob Schneider (@RobSchneider) August 17, 2014
Despite the controversy, Rob has continued to defend his stance.
Robin was found dead in his Tiburon, Calif. home on Aug. 11 after a long battle with depression and anxiety, his wife confirmed. His cause of death was determined as suicide by asphyxiation.