“I am devastated. Rich was my soul mate, my collaborator, my best friend and my life. Seeing him battle ALS for four years with such grace and courage inspired me and all who knew him,” Wash said in his statement. “In this dark time, I take some consolation in the fact that he got to see Still Alice go out into the world. He put his heart and soul into that film, and the fact that it touched so many people was a constant joy to him.”
“Thank you to everyone for this huge outpouring of love. Richard was a unique guy — opinionated, funny, caring, gregarious, generous, and so so smart. A true artist and a brilliant man. I treasure every day of the short twenty years we had together,” Wash continued. “I cannot believe he has gone. But in my heart and the hearts of those who loved him he will always be alive.”
Pictured inside: Still Alice star Julianne Moore stepping out on Wednesday (March 11) in New York City.