Rob Schneider Blames Big Pharma For Death of Robin Williams | The Fix
facebook twitter RSS
HOT TOPICS: Alcoholism  Addiction  AA  Cocaine  Heroin

Rob Schneider Blames Big Pharma For Death of Robin Williams

The Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo actor took to Twitter to vent about the side effects of prescription drugs.



By McCarton Ackerman


| Share

Actor Rob Schneider, best known for his role in bro-flicks like Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo and The Hot Chick, has blamed prescription drug companies for the death of Robin Williams.

Schneider first met Williams on the set of Saturday Night Live and the pair had maintained a friendship for 20 years. He took to Twitter last week and commented on the reported suicide of the beloved actor, blaming prescription drugs that Williams was taking for the early stages of Parkinson’s with contributing to his already existing depression and anxiety.

"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!" he wrote. "The Evil pharmaceutical industry ADMITS TO OVER 100,000 people in the USA DIE A YEAR FROM "PRESCRIPTION" DRUGS!! #RobinWilliams."

The late actor had struggled with alcoholism and cocaine addiction since the ‘80s. He maintained sobriety for about 20 years before  a “very gradual” relapse. After getting clean once again, Williams had returned to the Hazelden Addiction Treatment Center last month in Minnesota to “fine-tune” his sobriety.

“You really think you can [do it on your own], then you realize, I need help, and that's the word,” he said in 2006. “It's hard admitting it, then once you've done that, it's real easy."

Rumors of drug use surfaced shortly after his death on Aug. 11, but his wife Susan Schneider released a statement last week to put those reports to rest.

“Robin’s sobriety was intact. 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. "It is our hope in the wake of Robin’s tragic passing, that others will find the strength to seek the care and support they need to treat whatever battles they are facing so they may feel less afraid.”

Rehabilitation Directories

Most Popular
The Rehab Review
Cliffside Malibu

The “beach-house-relaxed” Cliffside Malibu claims to provide an oasis for recovering addicts and alcoholics. And that’s just what you'll get—if you’ve got the cash.

Morningside Recovery

For a “rehab near the beach” experience that isn’t quite as costly as similar SoCal competitors, head to this Newport Beach treatment facility.

AToN Center

Whether you’re interested in the 12 Steps, SMART Recovery, or holistic treatments, this luxurious, appealing and commendable 4.5 star (our system doesn't yet show the 1/2 star) San Diego rehab has a program for you. 


This exclusive Northern California rehab is all about client choice—as well as golf outings, Buddhist field trips and keeping up with the office.

Capo By The Sea

Capo By The Sea offers an executive rehab program complete with medical detox and a focus on dual-diagnosis issues, as well as an outpatient option in an environment that exudes the kind of beach house optimism one would expect from an Orange County recovery outfit.

Journey Malibu

Want many of the luxury amenities A-listers have come to expect—including an enormous backyard with a pool and patio, an herb garden, a volleyball net and a spectacular vista of the Santa Monica mountains—with a recovery program to match?

The Ultimate Guide to Rehab

What you need to know when choosing an addiction treatment center.

the fix tv