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Robin Williams' lifelong friendship with Christopher Reeve remembered


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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fin4978262 August 12 2014 at 4:34 PM

Their relationship isn't a little know fact, it's fairly well known that they attended Julliard together and were great close friends and that Williams had one of his darkest moments when Chris died and he was there for his wife and kids during his injury and after his passing. Loving and loyal is the only way to describe their relationship!

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Cristina fin4978262 August 13 2014 at 4:40 AM

I agree, their relationship is not a little known fact.

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ram4131 August 12 2014 at 9:04 PM

Lifelong friends through thick and thin. That's good stuff. RIP to you both.

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lrn2wrk4it August 12 2014 at 4:24 PM

Robin, you belonged to us. May you be at peace. You were so much more than funny........

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Cristina August 13 2014 at 4:44 AM

No one could ever fill either of their shoes. They were both real life heroes, on and off the screen.

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smashingmonkey Cristina August 13 2014 at 2:44 PM

Heroes? How so?

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Cristina Cristina August 13 2014 at 3:45 PM

They were both philanthropists, but I'll mention just a few heroic acts since you asked. Robin Williams help raise over 60 million dollars for the homeless. He constantly performed for the troops to cheer them up. Christopher Reeve's foundation for stem cell research has changed the lives of so many people.

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bentbouy1 August 13 2014 at 7:51 AM

reeves fought and fought to liove and williams threw his life away. Sad

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louann108 bentbouy1 August 13 2014 at 11:32 PM


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Randy1953 August 12 2014 at 3:25 PM

Chris looks really cool with the scruffy beard ! RIP two great guys !

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Madeye Randy1953 August 12 2014 at 4:38 PM

He was incredibly handsome, and a good guy by all accounts. Two really special men.

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ycplum August 13 2014 at 1:46 PM

After I heard it might have been suicide, I kept wondering .... if Reeves did not have that accident and was alive today, would his presence have kept Williams from committing suicide?

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alans022 August 13 2014 at 6:55 AM

Every comic I heard yesterday started their story about Williams with "we were all doing coke together and ...." 40 years of drugs and booze lead to killing yourself.

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CarolAnn alans022 August 13 2014 at 8:44 PM

NO, major heart surgery can and does lead to major depression. Check that fact. Not uncommon. "Judge not lest ye be judged..."

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Gayle alans022 August 13 2014 at 10:11 PM

He was clean for over 20 yrs. I would think after his heart surgery and having to be on pain pills revived his addiction and depression..

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abcadams1 August 12 2014 at 10:58 PM

Robin's mother did an interview about 35 years ago and during the interview she said her son Robin was depressed and very sensitive. He felt enormous pressure to make people laugh when in public.

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Charlotte August 12 2014 at 10:08 PM

I have heard, and I don't know where, that when Christopher Reeves insurance ran out, Robin Williams stepped in and covered all of Reeves' hospital charges. No where has anyone said anything about this. Does anyone know if this is true?
Robin will be missed terribly by the world. What a sad loss...what pain he must have been in.

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