Robin Williams' lifelong friendship with Christopher Reeve remembered

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LOS ANGELES - MARCH 8: Christopher Reeve presenting Robin Williams of 'Mork and Mindy' with the Favorite Male Performer in a New TV Program on the 1979 People's Choice Awards show. Image dated March 8, 1979. (Photo by CBS via Getty Images)
American actors Christopher Reeve (1952 - 2004) and Robin Williams pose backstage at the People's Choice Awards, March 1979. (Photo by Fotos International/Frank Edwards/Getty Images)
Christopher Reeve and Robin Williams during Circle Repertory Theater Benefit at Green Street Cafe in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Robin Williams, left, and Christopher Reeve, attempt to hail a taxicab in New York City on Feb. 9, 1981. Williams went to see Reeve, who is appearing in the play "The Fifth of July", backstage after his performance Friday night. (AP Photo/Steve Sands)
Robin Williams, Christopher Reeve, and John Houseman (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
UNITED STATES - MAY 07: Christopher Reeve, wife Dana and son Will get together with comic Robin Williams (right) at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center on West St. before a Tribeca Film Festival screening of 'House of D.' Williams stars in the movie, which makes its world premiere at the festival. (Photo by Richard Corkery/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
Jane Seymour, Christopher Reeve, and Robin Williams (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, UNITED STATES: Actor Christopher Reeve (L), wife Dana (R) and comedian-actor Robin Williams (C) pose while at the Governor's Ball after the 68th Annual Academy Awards 25 March in Los Angeles. Reeve made his first appearance before the Hollywood community after an equestrian accident left him paralyzed a year ago. AFP PHOTO Vince BUCCI (Photo credit should read Vince Bucci/AFP/Getty Images)
Actor Christopher Reeve, right, poses with colleague Robin Williams as he attends the premiere of Williams' new motion picture "Good Morning, Vietnam," in New York, December 1987. (AP Photo/Ed Bailey)
Actor Christopher Reeve arrives with his wife, Dana, and their son Will, left, with actor and director Robin Williams, right, for the world premiere of the movie " House of D" in which Williams stars at the 3rd Annual Tribeca Film Festival, Friday, May 7, 2004, in New York. (AP Photo/Louis Lanzano)
NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 12: (L-R) Matthew Reeve, Alexandra Reeve, Cody Williams and actor Robin Williams attend The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation's 'A Magical Evening' Gala at the Marriot Marquis Harlem Room on November 12, 2007 in New York City. (Photo by Scott Wintrow/Getty Images)
Dana Reeve, Robin Williams and guest during The Christopher Reeve Foundation's 'A Magical Evening' - Red Carpet at Marriott Marquis in New York, New York, United States. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage for PMK / HBH)
UNITED STATES - MAY 07: Comic Robin Williams smooches pal Christopher Reeve's head as Reeve's wife, Dana, and son Will look on before a Tribeca Film Festival screening of 'House of D' at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center on West St. Williams stars in the movie, which makes its world premiere at the festival. (Photo by Richard Corkery/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - NOVEMBER 18: Actor Robin Williams (seated, left) joins Christopher Reeve and his wife Dana at the American Paralysis Association dinner at the Waldorf-Astoria. , (Photo by Richard Corkery/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
283469 06: Actor Robin Williams presents the Weizmann Institute's Humanitarian Award at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel October 20, 1996 in New York City. Dana Reeve, wife of actor Christopher Reeve, was presented the Weizmann Institute's Humanitarian Award by Williams. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Liaison)
Karen Akers, Christopher Reeve and Robin Williams during Circle Repertory Theater Benefit at Green Street Cafe in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Jane Seymour, Christopher Reeve, and Robin Williams (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Robin Williams and Christopher Reeve during 'For The Future of Children' Campaign at Area Nightclub in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Will Reeve, Dana Reeve, Christopher Reeve and Robin Williams (Photo by Gregory Pace/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, UNITED STATES: Christoper Reeve (front row, C) is surrounded by comedian Robin Williams (front row, L) actor Daryl Mitchell (front row, R), actress Kim Cattrall (back row, L), Barbara Walters (back row, 2nd L), actress Catherine Zeta-Jones (back row, 2nd R) and her husband actor Michael Douglas (back row, R) at the 12th Annual 'A Magical Birthday Bash' in New York 25 September 2002. Reeve, Zeta-Jones, Douglas and Walters all celebrate their birthdays. The event was a benefit for the Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation. Reeve is celebrating his 50th birthday. AFP PHOTO Doug KANTER (Photo credit should read DOUG KANTER/AFP/Getty Images)
American actors Christopher Reeve (1952 - 2004) and Robin Williams backstage at the People's Choice Awards, March 1979. (Photo by Fotos International/Frank Edwards/Getty Images)
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By NADIA SIKANDER

With the passing of the legendary comedian and actor Robin Williams, the world mourns the loss of an iconic hero, but Christopher Reeve's family grieves for their good friend and pillar of strength.

The late actors formed a camaraderie before their renown fame as two theater students at the Juilliard School, a performing arts conservatory in New York City, and together rose to stardom.

At the time, they promised each other that whoever became successful would take care of the less fortunate one.

In 1995, Reeves, who was best known for portraying Superman, suffered a spinal chord injury following a tragic horse-riding accident at 42. Consequently, he became depressed and was hospitalized as a quadriplegic, but Williams was the first to make him laugh again.

According to a familiar anecdote, after the serious accident, Williams reportedly entered Reeve's hospital room posing as a doctor and demanded, in a hilarious Russian accent, that the newly paralyzed artist turn over.

"My old friend had helped me know that somehow I was going to be okay," said Reeves of Williams' steadfast friendship following his injury.

The late actor and activist passed away in 2004, but Williams' remained a steadfast friend to Reeve's family.

"We will cherish him...for the quiet and unwavering support he showed our family through the hardest times. The world knew Robin as a comedic titan, but to our family, he was simply one of our dad's dearest friends," the Reeve Family said in a statement posted on the Reeve Foundation Website, ChristopherReeve.org.

The Reeve Foundation, which is dedicated to curing spinal cord injury through research, tweeted 'Our hearts are heavy and our thoughts and prayers are with the Robin Williams family' and later posted a vintage black and white photo of the two from the 1979 People's Choice awards, captioning it 'Friends 'til the end.'

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CAPTION CORRECTS DATE - Festival goers pay tribute to the late actor Robin Williams, who died Monday, Aug. 11, at a makeshift memorial at the 22nd Sziget (Island) Festival on the Shipyard Island in Northern Budapest, Hungary, Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014. (AP Photo/MTI, Janos Marjai)
Women write messages with chalk near a bench at Boston's Public Garden, Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014, where a small memorial has sprung up at the place where Robin Williams filmed a scene during the movie, "Good Will Hunting." Williams, 63, died at his San Francisco Bay Area home Monday in an apparent suicide. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
A photo of the late actor Robin Williams playing Mork from Ork hangs with flowers and notes left by people paying their respects, at a makeshift memorial in Boulder, Colo., Tuesday Aug. 12, 2014, outside the home where the 80s TV series Mork & Mindy, starring Williams, was set. Williams, the Academy Award winner and comic supernova whose explosions of pop culture riffs and impressions dazzled audiences for decades and made him a gleamy-eyed laureate for the Information Age, died Monday, Aug. 11, in an apparent suicide. He was 63. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)
People pause by a bench at Boston's Public Garden, Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014, where a small memorial has sprung up at the place where Robin Williams filmed a scene during the movie, "Good Will Hunting." Williams, 63, died at his San Francisco Bay Area home Monday in an apparent suicide. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
?President & CEO of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, Leron Gubler, arrives with a floral arrangement at a makeshift memorial by the star of actor-comedian Robin Williams along the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles on Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014. Williams, 63, died at his San Francisco Bay Area home Monday in an apparent suicide. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)
A sign and a flower are affixed to the front gate at a makeshift memorial outside the home where the 80s TV series Mork & Mindy, starring the late Robin Williams, was set, in Boulder, Colo., Tuesday Aug. 12, 2014. Williams, the Academy Award winner and comic supernova whose explosions of pop culture riffs and impressions dazzled audiences for decades and made him a gleamy-eyed laureate for the Information Age, died Monday, Aug. 11 in an apparent suicide. He was 63. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)
A couple embrace at a makeshift memorial outside a former residence of Robin Williams Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014, in the Sea Cliff neighborhood of San Francisco. Sheriff's officials say Williams committed suicide by hanging himself at his home in Tiburon, outside San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 12, 2014: Robin Williams' star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame is surrounded by flowers and various memorial tributes left by fans on August 12, 2014
BOSTON - AUGUST 12: The bench in the Boston Public Garden that was used during the filming of the Robin Williams movie 'Good Will Hunting' became a memorial to the late actor and comedian. (Photo by David L. Ryan/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BOSTON - AUGUST 12: The bench in the Boston Public Garden that was used during the filming of the Robin Williams movie 'Good Will Hunting' became a memorial to the late actor and comedian. (Photo by David L. Ryan/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 12: A makeshift memorial for Robin Williams seen in front of Carolines on Broadway comedy club on August 12, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 12: A makeshift memorial for Robin Williams seen in front of Carolines on Broadway comedy club on August 12, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images)
Passersby stop to look at a flowers, letters and other momentos at a memorial to Robin Williams, at Williams' star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, August 12, 2014, in Hollywood, California. Tributes poured in Tuesday for Robin Williams after the Oscar-winning actor and comedian apparently took his own life at his Marin County home August 11 following a battle with severe depression. Williams, 63, known for high-energy, rapid-fire improvisation and clowning, was one of the most beloved entertainers of his time. One publication called him the funniest man alive. AFP PHOTO / Robyn Beck (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
A woman takes a picture next to a sign written in chalk at a makeshift memorial outside the home where the 80s TV series Mork & Mindy, starring the late Robin Williams, was set, in Boulder, Colo., Tuesday Aug. 12, 2014. Williams, the Academy Award winner and comic supernova whose explosions of pop culture riffs and impressions dazzled audiences for decades and made him a gleamy-eyed laureate for the Information Age, died Monday, Aug. 11, in an apparent suicide. He was 63. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)
BOULDER, CO - AUGUST 11: Passersby take in the makeshift memorial for Robin Williams on August 11, 2014 in Boulder, Colorado. The exterior of the house was used in the opening credits for 'Mork & Mindy,' the comedy based in Boulder that catapulted Williams' career. Williams, 63, died at his Northern California home Monday in a suspected suicide, according to law enforcement officials. (Photo by Marc Piscotty/Getty Images)
BOULDER, CO - AUGUST 11: Local residents take in a makeshift memorial for Robin Williams on August 11, 2014 in Boulder, Colorado. The exterior of the house was used in the opening credits for 'Mork & Mindy,' the comedy based in Boulder that catapulted Williams' career. Williams, 63, died at his Northern California home Monday in a suspected suicide, according to law enforcement officials. (Photo by Marc Piscotty/Getty Images)
Passersby stop to look at a flowers, letters and other momentos at a memorial to Robin Williams, at Williams' star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, August 12, 2014, in Hollywood, California. Tributes poured in Tuesday for Robin Williams after the Oscar-winning actor and comedian apparently took his own life at his Marin County home August 11 following a battle with severe depression. Williams, 63, known for high-energy, rapid-fire improvisation and clowning, was one of the most beloved entertainers of his time. One publication called him the funniest man alive. AFP PHOTO / Robyn Beck (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
Mementos left at a makeshift memorial to actor/comedian Robin Williams, at his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, August 12, 2014, in Hollywood, California. Tributes poured in Tuesday for Robin Williams after the Oscar-winning actor and comedian apparently took his own life at his Marin County home August 11 following a battle with severe depression. Williams, 63, known for high-energy, rapid-fire improvisation and clowning, was one of the most beloved entertainers of his time. One publication called him the funniest man alive. AFP PHOTO / Robyn Beck (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
A note left at a makeshift memorial to actor/comedian Robin Williams, at his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, August 12, 2014, in Hollywood, California. Tributes poured in Tuesday for Robin Williams after the Oscar-winning actor and comedian apparently took his own life at his Marin County home August 11 following a battle with severe depression. Williams, 63, known for high-energy, rapid-fire improvisation and clowning, was one of the most beloved entertainers of his time. One publication called him the funniest man alive. AFP PHOTO / Robyn Beck (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
Flowers and momentos are left at a makeshift memorial to Robin Williams, at his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, August 12, 2014, in Hollywood, California. Tributes poured in Tuesday for Robin Williams after the Oscar-winning actor and comedian apparently took his own life at his Marin County home August 11 following a battle with severe depression. Williams, 63, known for high-energy, rapid-fire improvisation and clowning, was one of the most beloved entertainers of his time. One publication called him the funniest man alive. AFP PHOTO / Robyn Beck (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
A candle lit at a makeshift memorial to actor/comedian Robin Williams, at his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, August 12, 2014, in Hollywood, California. Tributes poured in Tuesday for Robin Williams after the Oscar-winning actor and comedian apparently took his own life at his Marin County home August 11 following a battle with severe depression. Williams, 63, known for high-energy, rapid-fire improvisation and clowning, was one of the most beloved entertainers of his time. One publication called him the funniest man alive. AFP PHOTO / Robyn Beck (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
BOULDER, CO - AUGUST 11: Flowers and a single candle are left at a makeshift memorial for Robin Williams on August 11, 2014 in Boulder, Colorado. The exterior of the house was used in the opening credits for 'Mork & Mindy,' the comedy based in Boulder that catapulted Williams' career. Williams, 63, died at his Northern California home Monday in a suspected suicide, according to law enforcement officials. (Photo by Marc Piscotty/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - AUGUST 12: Flowers and pictures that are part of a growing memorial sit on the steps in front of the home where actor and comedian Robin Williams filmed the movie Mrs. Doubtfire on August 12, 2014 in San Francisco, California. Academy Award winning actor and comedian Robin Williams was found dead in his Marin County home on Monday of an apparent suicide. He was 63 years old. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
BOULDER, CO - AUGUST 11: Angie Campbell of Boulder, Co. takes in a makeshift memorial for Robin Williams on August 11, 2014 in Boulder, Colorado. The exterior of the house was used in the opening credits for 'Mork & Mindy,' the comedy based in Boulder that catapulted Williams' career. Williams, 63, died at his Northern California home Monday in a suspected suicide, according to law enforcement officials. (Photo by Marc Piscotty/Getty Images)
BOULDER, CO - AUGUST 11: A makeshift memorial for Robin Williams is set up in front of a home on August 11, 2014 in Boulder, Colorado. The exterior of the house was used in the opening credits for 'Mork & Mindy,' the comedy based in Boulder that catapulted Williams' career. Williams, 63, died at his Northern California home Monday in a suspected suicide, according to law enforcement officials. (Photo by Marc Piscotty/Getty Images)
Flowers, photographs and candles surround the star of actor-comedian Robin Williams forming a makeshift memorial along the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles on Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014. Williams, 63, died at his San Francisco Bay Area home Monday in an apparent suicide. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)
Brandon Scales places flowers on the star of actor-comedian Robin Williams at a makeshift memorial along the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles on Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014. Williams, 63, died at his San Francisco Bay Area home Monday in an apparent suicide. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)
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