Susan Schneider is the broken-hearted wife of Robin Williams, who passed away Monday. She was the last to see Robin Williams alive, before his personal assistant found him hanging by his belt. Read on for the facts on Schneider and her relationship with the funniest man on Earth.
UPDATE: Schneider has revealed that Williams was in the early stages of Parkinson’s disease, but he was not ready to come out to the public just yet.
1. Susan Has Released a Statement On Robin’s Death
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Susan released a statement following her husband Robin’s death:
This morning, I lost my husband and my best friend, while the world lost one of its most beloved artists and beautiful human beings. I am utterly heartbroken. 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.
In addition to his wife’s heartfelt words, Robin’s publicist has released a similar statement:
Robin Williams passed away this morning. He has been battling severe depression of late. This is a tragic and sudden loss. The family respectfully asks for their privacy as they grieve during this very difficult time.
2. This Is Robin Williams’ Third Marriage
Prior to marrying Susan, Robin lost about $20 million in his divorce from second ex-wife Marsha Garces in 2008. He also was married to Valerie Velardi in 1978, but divorced in 1988 after a cheating scandal with a cocktail waitress, where the waitress sued Robin over a case of Herpes Simplex.
For information on Williams’ two ex-wives:
3. Susan Is a Graphic Designer
Susan is a talented graphic designer who enjoys painting. At the time of their 2011 wedding, she headed the design first Critical Eye Design.
The San Francisco Chronicle reported leading up to the wedding:
Robin Williams and Susan Schneider, who’ve known each other for four years and been seeing each other for slightly less than that, were to marry at Meadowood on Sunday. In response to a call, the bride, a graphic designer whose company is Critical Eye Design, said they were both “so excited and so thrilled.”
4. The Two Met Shortly Before Williams’ Heart Surgery
Robin Williams had heart surgery in March 2009 and met Susan shortly beforehand. According to The Guardian:
A close brush with death has given the 58-year-old a new perspective. He met his friend Susan Schneider, a 45-year-old graphic designer, shortly before his operation and she nursed him through convalescence at his California home.
Susan reportedly helped nurse Robin back to health during his recovery. Robin’s brother Robert Todd Williams, actually died of complications from heart surgery.
5. Their Wedding Was a Star-Studded Affair
— The SONiC Nation (@thesonicnation) August 12, 2014
In 2011, Susan married Williams in a star-studded wedding that was supported by Williams’ three children. In attendance were celebrity guests including Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, and Billy Crystal.
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