Following the death of actor, father, and husband Robin Williams, his wife, Susan Schneider released a statement to media Thursday afternoon, saying that he just wanted to make people laugh.
“Robin spent so much of his life helping others,” she said. “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.”
Schneider said that her family has found solace in the outpouring of support from fans around the world and the millions of people the well-known actor touched during his live.
“His greatest legacy, besides his three children, is the joy and happiness he offered to others, particularly to those fighting personal battles,” she said.
In her statement, she also revealed that the 63-year-old was dealing with the early stages of Parkinson’s Disease, something Schneider said Williams, “was not yet ready to share publicly.”
According to Schneider, “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.”
In closing, she said that she hopes “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.”
Locally, an area drive-in movie theatre is hosting a double-feature of two of William’s most popular movies.
Next Wednesday, the Goochland Drive-In will be showing “Jumanji” and “Patch Adams.” Admission is $15 per carload and 30 percent of the proceeds from the event will go to the St. Jude’s Research Hospital and the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, two charities that Williams supported passionately throughout his life.
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