Robin Williams’ third wife Susan Schneider has outlived her husband, whom officials say died by hanging himself on Monday.
Schneider, 48, released a statement following the death. “This morning, I lost my husband and my best friend,” she said.
“The world lost one its most beloved artists,” she added.
Schneider worked for years in San Francisco at the graphic design firm Critical Eye Design, which started the firm in 2007.
Her personal website notes that she has almost exclusively enjoyed painting since 2010, and her work is represented in private collections throughout the United States.
Schneider and Williams were married in October 2011 at the Meadwood Resort in St. Helena, California.
She told the San Francisco Chronicle at the time that she was “so excited and thrilled” for the wedding.
Robin Williams and wife Susan Schneider arrive to The 2012 Comedy Awards in New York, Saturday, April 28, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Sykes)
Robin Williams, right, and Susan Schneider arrive at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards on Saturday, Aug. 21, 2010 in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
Susan Schneider, from left, Robin Williams, and Zelda Williams arrive at the premiere of “Happy Feet Two” at Grauman’s Chinese Theater, Sunday, Nov. 13, 2011, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Katy Winn)
The pair met shortly before Williams’ heart surgery operation in 2009. According to the Guardian, she nursed him through convalescence at his California home.
Williams told SF Gate that he and Schneider went to Paris for their honeymoon. Williams was married twice before.
“I’m the luckiest man in the world… Being with a comedian, living with a comedian, is like keeping a chimp for a pet. You know we’re kind of cute but after a little a while, (you get thrown out),” he said after the marriage.
“So if you find someone who goes, ‘OK I really like you,’ You go, ‘You like me?’ She’s gorgeous and so sweet. Oh, she’s beautiful.”
“It was kind of lovely. It was just a lot of friends. Very quiet,” Williams added, referring to the wedding.
“And then the vows, ‘Do you take this woman?’ ‘Yes as often as possible.’ It was just very sweet and basically just very personal. “At one point they released doves, which was kind of wonderful. The weird thing is, they get out and immediately they’re like, OK, seat number four (poops). And people are dodging dove [expletive] like, ‘No, no!’ One butterfly flew into the frame and one bird just (ate it). But it was gorgeous, a really beautiful day.”