Sarah Michelle Gellar: "My Life Is a Better Place Because I Knew Robin Wiliams"

Celebrity News Aug. 12, 2014 AT 9:20AM
Robin Williams and Sarah Michelle Gellar Credit: Gregg DeGuire/WireImage

Sarah Michelle Gellar joins the hundreds of friends and millions of fans mourning the profound, shocking loss of Robin Williams. The actress, 37, released a statement to Us Weekly about her late The Crazy Ones costar, who died on Monday, Aug. 11 at age 63 of a suspected suicide.

"This is without question, the hardest few words I have ever tried to write. My life is a better place because I knew Robin Williams," Gellar begins of her TV dad on the recently canceled CBS sitcom. "To my children [Charlotte, 4, and Rocky, 23 months] he was 'Uncle Robin,' to everyone he worked with, he was the best boss anyone had ever known, and to me he was not just an inspiration but he was the Father I had always dreamed of having," continues the former Buffy the Vampire Slayer star.

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"There are not enough adjectives to describe the light he was, to anyone that ever had the pleasure to meet him," Gellar continues of Williams, who leaves behind wife Susan Schneider and grown children Zelda, Zachary, and Cody.

"I will miss him everyday, but I know the memory of him will live on. And to his family, I thank them for letting us know him and seeing the joy they brought him," Gellar says.

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"Us Crazy Ones love you," she concludes, wrapping up the note with the serenity prayer. "God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,The courage to change the things I can,And the wisdom to know the difference."

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The actress spoke to Us Weekly last fall about teaming up with the legendary comic and Oscar-winning actor on the small screen. "It can be intimidating when you work with a comic of that level, and the one thing I can attest to with Robin is that he cares almost more about making everybody else comfortable," the actress said. "He really wants [his comedy] to work with everyone [on set], which is rare." See Robin's most unforgettable roles.

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