On paper, Rebecca Erwin Spencer was Robin Williams’ assistant. In reality, she was much more than that—they were family.
The close relationship between families of the funnyman and his assistant has been demonstrated by a touching tribute Rebecca’s husband, Dan Spencer, reportedly wrote for the Mrs. Doubtfire actor on Facebook.
The heart-wrenching post reveals an intimate side of Robin—the dark side that, unfortunately, got the best of him—while reflecting on his life-long commitment to the USO.
As a little boy, he was alone in his room with his toy soldiers while his parents went off on business trips. You can imagine his mother and father telling him to be a good little soldier while they were away. Then he would be left alone to play with his friends, which were little Army men. When his parents returned, he received a gift, a token for his good behavior, maybe more little soldiers to add to his collection.
Those toys remained with him throughout his life and were often given prominent space in his home on specially crafted display cases.
He discovered video games, first-person shooters for computer and then for Xbox. Name a game, no matter how obscure, and he owned it. He played his soldier games even up to age 62.
We had an expression for his avid gaming. We said he was in there “saving the world.”
Then he went off to dangerous places like Afghanistan and Iraq at the height of war to entertain the troops, the soldiers. Maybe it was a way to pay back his boyhood friends.
Those of us lucky enough to be in his sphere saw our hero conquer the world. We joined him on journeys across the globe. He killed ‘em! He slayed ‘em! What great victories! What wondrous experiences! We were incredibly fortunate to follow him into the breach.
With laughter, love, and kindness, he did it! He saved the world!
In his advancing years, our hero found a new love who we knew would march with him to the end of the rainbow. After decades of battles, a happy ending was in sight.
But his final conflict was heartbreaking to witness. Oh, if you could only have seen the war raging inside him. It would have stopped your heart. We fought the fight with him, but it left him defeated.
Now our hero has laid down his arms. He has bid his soldiers farewell. The final fight is over.
At last, that lonely boy is at peace.”
It has since been revealed Rebecca, who often accompanied Robin on the trips to the Middle East, was the one who ultimately discovered his lifeless body.
When accepting the Cecil B. DeMille lifetime achievement award at the 2005 Golden Globes, Robin thanked his friend for keeping his ego in check by addressing him as, “Hey, Mork Guy.”
You can see Dan's touching post on Facebook here.