It seems the mourning for Robin Williams may never end as his passing has clearly had an effect on many, across all demographics as his work managed to touch us all in different ways. Today his wife, Susan Schneider, has issued a statement further clarifying the state of mind Williams was in when he decided to take his own life.
I most often wouldn’t feel compelled to continue to revisit this sad situation, but given the circumstances and the number of people that have been affected by his passing I felt it was only appropriate. Schneider’s statement follows:
“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.”