Robin Williams' Wife Susan Schneider Makes One Final Statement
by Ethan Anderton
August 14, 2014
When the initial news of Robin Williams passing away surfaced, his wife Susan Schneider made a statement beckoning fans to remember the joy her husband brought to millions instead of focusing on the sadness. In the days since his passing, the outpouring of love for Williams has been massive, along with discussions about depression following confirmation that the comedian had hung himself, seeing no other way out. Since then, many have put out the call to anyone feeling depressed that they shouldn't be afraid to confront their feelings and seek help so we can avoid tragic situations. Schneider has done the same with a new statement, along with another heartbreaking revelation about Williams' health we didn't know about.
Here's a statement released by Schneider today:
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.
Hearing that Williams already knew he was in the early stages of Parkinson's disease just goes to show you that we had no idea what kind of demons he was battling, in addition to his previous struggles with drug and alcohol abuse. Zelda Williams, the daughter named due to the comedian's love for video games, also wrote a heartfelt statement yesterday to all those who have reached out to share stories about her father and offer their condolences, and you can read that right here. It seems everyday we learn something new and grand about Robin Williams, and we wouldn't have it any other way. See more tributes right here and also here.