Rob Schneider Blames Big Pharma For Death of Robin Williams

By McCarton Ackerman 08/20/14

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

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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.”

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McCarton Ackerman is a freelance writer and editor living in Portland, Oregon. He has been a contributor for The Fix since October 2011, writing on a wide range of topics ranging from medical marijuana in Colorado to the world's sexiest drug smugglers. Follow him on Linkedin and Twitter.