Update 9:45 p.m. EDT:
Garces issued an official statement though her ex-husband's rep on Tuesday night. She said: “My heart is split wide open and scattered over the planet with all of you. Please remember the gentle, loving, generous - and yes, brilliant and funny - man that was Robin Williams. My arms are wrapped around our children as we attempt to grapple with celebrating the man we love, while dealing with this immeasurable loss.”
When Oscar-winning actor Robin Williams’ suicide was revealed on Monday, his wife Susan Schneider immediately issued a statement, but his second wife, Marsha Garces, has remained silent. Williams and Garces married on April 20, 1989. For many years, there was speculation that the “Good Will Hunting” star cheated on fist wife Valerie Velardi, to whom he was married for a decade, with Garces.
Garces, whose full name appears on the Internet Movie Database as Marsha Garces Williams, worked on some of Williams’ most popular films. She was a producer on “Mrs. Doubtfire,” “Patch Adams,” “Dead Poets Society” and “Hook.” In 2003 she was nominated for a Primetime Emmy for her work on “Robin Williams: Live on Broadway.”
Garces, who is of Philippine and French descent, met Williams when she was a nanny for his son Zak, according to her IMDb.com trivia. They went on to have Zelda Williams in 1989 and Cody Williams in 1991.
Garces reportedly stood by his side as he battled his addiction, but a relapse played a large part in their divorce. “One day I walked into a store and saw a little bottle of Jack Daniel’s. And then that voice — I call it the ‘lower power’ — goes, ‘Hey. Just a taste. Just one.’ I drank it, and there was that brief moment of ‘Oh, I’m okay!’ But it escalated so quickly,” Williams said in a September 2013 interview with Parade. “Within a week I was buying so many bottles I sounded like a wind chime walking down the street.” The comedian recently entered rehab for some “fine-tuning,” but it was rumored that he had relapsed.
Williams lost millions in his 2008 divorce from Garces, who cited "irreconcilable differences."
“The movies are good, but a lot of times they don’t even have distribution. There are bills to pay. My life has downsized, in a good way,” he said. “I’m selling the ranch up in Napa. I just can’t afford it anymore. … Divorce is expensive. I used to joke they were going to call it ‘all the money,’ but they changed it to ‘alimony.’ It’s ripping your heart out through your wallet. Are things good with my exes? Yes. But do I need that lifestyle? No.”
Williams reportedly struggled with depression in the days leading to his death. Fans took to Twitter to fondly remember the actor, with the Academy’s official Twitter account sharing a touching photo from “Aladdin” where the lead character hugs the genie.
Genie, you're free. pic.twitter.com/WjA9QuuldD
— The Academy (@TheAcademy) August 12, 2014
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