The personal assistant/longtime friend who found Robin Williams’ body has been revealed. Read on for more about Rebecca Erwin Spencer.
When Robin Williams‘ body was found on August 11 following a suicide by hanging, it was by a then-unnamed personal assistant. The identity of the personal assistant has now been revealed — her name is Rebecca Erwin Spencer, and not only was she Robin’s assistant, but she was also one of his closest friends. So sad.
Robin Williams’ Personal Assistant Revealed: Rebecca Erwin Spencer Found Body
Rebecca was seen at Robin’s home in Tiburon, California, on August 12, an eyewitness reported to Radar Online. ““She went into the house for a few minutes before someone in the house let her out of the garage and she left quickly.”
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Rebecca — whose identity was first revealed by Radar — has been in and out of Robin’s house several times since his death. As HollywoodLife.com exclusively reported, Robin’s wife, Susan Schneider, “refuses” to enter their shared house following his suicide — perhaps Rebecca was getting some of Susan’s things?
While Rebecca, 57, and her husband Dan are quite private, according to Radar, they were given an outpouring of love on Facebook following friend Robin’s death. On August 12, Rebecca posted a photo of herself and Robin on one of his many USO tours, captioned “What a time we had.” “You were the wind beneath his wings,” one user commented on the photo.
Robin’s Twitter account has been taken down, but Radar has obtained a screenshot of Robin tweeting at Rebecca in January 2013, calling her his “lovely assistant”:
‘Rebecca [Erwin Spencer] Was Incredibly Close To Robin’
“Rebecca was incredibly close to Robin,” a source revealed to MailOnline. “She used to live In San Francisco, but when Robin moved out to Tiburon, she moved to a place about five minutes away.”
A neighbor of Rebecca’s has even claimed that Robin purchased her Tiburon home, reports MailOnline, though that claim has yet to be confirmed.
She worked with Robin on more than 33 films, their first together being his breakout film role Mrs. Doubtfire. Her playful nickname for him, “Mork Guy,” (referencing his first big role in Mork & Mindy) clearly showed that their relationship was more than just an employee/employer relationship.
“Both her and Dan were completely dedicated to Robin, it really was like they were part of the family,” says MailOnline’s source. “When we heard his personal assistant had found him, we assumed it must have been either Rebecca or Dan.
“And then when it came out that it was a woman, we knew it had to be Rebecca. It would have been so horrendous for her, it will stay with her forever.
“She used to spend so much of her time with Robin. She traveled everywhere with him and was always round at his house.
According to Marin County Lieutenant Keith Boyd, a “distraught” Rebecca made the 911 call on August 11 at approximately 11:55 a.m., after finding him “clothed in a seated position, unresponsive, with a belt secured around his neck with the other end of the belt wedged between the closed door and the door frame.”
Our thoughts are continually with Robin’s friends and family during this difficult time.
If you, or someone you know, is experiencing suicidal ideation, please call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255; operators are available 24/7.
— Amanda Mitchell