Academy Award-winning actor Robin Williams, who was pronounced dead of an apparent suicide Monday morning, leaves behind a legendary legacy.
The 63-year-old also leaves behind a grieving wife and three children.
Robin Williams’ wife, Susan Schneider, issued a statement after the beloved actor’s untimely death, referring to the comedic genius as her “best friend.”
Fans everywhere felt some measure of that same bond with Williams, who had a way of touching everyone who knew him or even saw his work.
Schneider, who married Williams in 2011, knows this most of all.
“This morning, I lost my husband and my best friend, while the world lost one of its most beloved artists and beautiful human beings,” Schneider said.
“I am utterly heartbroken,” she went on, stating the obvious. “On behalf of Robin’s family, we are asking for privacy during our time of profound grief.”
“As he is remembered, it is our hope the focus will not be on Robin’s death, but on the countless moments of joy and laughter he gave to millions.”
Williams had three children from his two previous marriages. His last Instagram post was a birthday message to his daughter Zelda, who turned 25 in July.
Robin was a private person regarding his personal life. Williams was open about his struggles with drugs and alcohol, but kept his relationships close to the vest.
Schneider, 48, works as a graphic designer; she and Williams met in 2009 and were married in October 2011 at the Meadwood Resort in St. Helena, Calif.
According to her website, she has almost exclusively enjoyed painting since 2010, and her work is represented in private collections throughout the U.S.
At the time of the marriage Schneider was working at the graphic design firm Critical Eye Design in San Francisco. She started the firm in 2007.
The pair met shortly before Williams’ heart surgery operation in 2009. According to the Guardian, she nursed him through convalescence at his California home.
Our hearts are with Robin’s loved ones during this difficult time.