Robin Williams’ Wife Issues Statement Urging People to ‘Seek the Care and Support They Need’

Robin Williams' Wife Issues Statement Urging People to 'Seek the Care and Support They Need'

Earlier this week, Academy Award-winning actor and comedian Robin Williams died after a battle with depression, anxiety and, we now learn, Parkinson’s Disease. 

Today, Robin Williams’ wife, Susan Schneider, issued the following statement and asked the media publish it in its entirety:

"Robin spent so much of his life helping others. Whether he was entertaining millions on stage, film or television, our troops on the frontlines, or comforting a sick child — Robin wanted us to laugh and to feel less afraid. 

Since his passing, all of us who loved Robin have found some solace in the tremendous outpouring of affection and admiration for him from the millions of people whose lives he touched. His greatest legacy, besides his three children, is the joy and happiness he offered to others, particularly to those fighting personal battles.

Robin’s sobriety was intact and 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.

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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Antonio Saillant

Angel of Laughter and Hope

When the world was in pain, the pain was masked with your laughter and hope.

When we were losing the battle of war the strength of our armies grew stronger with your laughter and hope.

When our soldiers came home wounded from war and life seemed hopeless, we gain it back with your laughter and hope.

You made the audience [The World] laugh so hard it brought us all to a level of a comedy high that we forgot for that slight moment our own demons with your laughter and hope.

You circled the globe entertaining troops and families and our children and took away our pain and grief through prescription drugs prescribed by an Angel of laughter and hope through what you called comedy.

We the people are not going to forget how your movies, television and stand up kept our world laughing and your sensitivity and compassion really went ahead and helped us with your laughter and hope.

We the People of the World owe you a debt of gratitude, You cared a lot about us and you my Angel of Laughter and Hope, you will always be a part of our family [The World] and will be sorely missed.

Poem by Antonio Saillant

Rachel Campbell

Our loss is heavens gain. And we collectively mourn the loss of a great man, a kind soul and someone who has touched so many of us in one way or another. May God comfort and surround your family with love, strength to deal with this tragic loss and with the courage to move forward when the time comes.There are millions of us praying for you and your family. <3

Mary Marsters

You are not alone. We are all mourning with you. There has to be a gift in this for others. May his passing not be in vain.

christina simpkins

How brave and generous of Robin William’s wife AND his beautiful children to share this with all of us …. and so generous of them ALL to encourage those of us working toward healing… "trudging the road to happy destiny’ BW. For some, life is simply far too crushing.. how i wish we could take away the pain and profound weight of sorrow from you ..i am so deeply sorry . i know our love cannot replace your loss but it is there for you anyway.. … Prayers and healing from our families to yours . Love and Aloha, Christina

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