The heartbreaking news that comedian Robin Williams, 63, died this morning of an apparent suicide has left the U.S.O. family reeling. Williams was a long-time supporter of the U.S. military, headlining numerous acts for deployed troops around the world, esp. those in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Kuwait.
Earlier today the U.S.O. released this statement via their Facebook page:
The entire USO family is saddened by the news of Robin Williams’ passing. One of the great comedic actors of his generation, Williams traveled around the world to lift the spirits of our troops and their families. He will always be a part of our USO family and will be sorely missed.
Following Williams’ death today his family told media sources and Marin County, Calif., law enforcement that Robin Williams had been suffering from severe depression for several months. In an apparent relapse in his recovery from drug and alcohol abuse, Williams did his third stint in rehab just this summer. Susan Schneider, Williams’ wife since 2011 released this:
"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.
The Oscar winning actor and comedian’s sudden death has shocked the entire nation prompting formal statements from both President Obama and Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel. The enormously talented actor and comedian entertained thousands of military personnel and dedicated himself, through his philanthropy, to veterans who struggled with traumatic brain injuries and P.T.S.D.
The family has asked for privacy while they grieve and will release information at a later time regarding funeral arrangements and memorial plans. They also asked that fans and mourners remember his life and not the manner of his death.