Mary Tyler Moore’s Husband Speaks Out For The First Time Since Her Death

The death of iconic actress Mary Tyler Moore, at the age of 80, shocked the world on Wednesday, January 25.

Her husband Dr. Robert Levine has spoken out about his grief and it’s clear that he’s deeply mourning the loss of his wife.

Talking to People magazine, Levine revealed,

I can’t believe she is gone. Mary was my life, my light, my love. The emptiness I feel without her with me is without bottom.

Robert was by Mary’s side when she passed away last month at a hospital in Connecticut, along with other close friends of the film star.

She was hospitalised with pneumonia which came about after her long struggle with diabetes.


Her husband of 35 years described Mary as ‘a force of nature’, going on to say,

[She] fiercely defended her autonomy even as her health was failing. [She] was fearless, determined, and willful. If she felt strongly about something, or that there was truth to be told, she would do it, no matter the consequences. She was kind, genuine, approachable, honest, and humble. And she had that smile. Oh, to see her smile that smile, just once more.

Despite the great loss in his life, the 62-year old is happy that his wife’s spirit will live on.

My sadness is only tempered by the remarkable outpouring of good wishes, tributes, and personal ‘Mary stories’ told, with heart, by those touched by her grace. As long as we all remember her, talk about her, share our stories about her, and what she meant to us, her light will never go out.


Moore’s best work was in the self-titled sitcom The Mary Tyler Moore Show as Mary Richards and The Dick Van Dyke Show starring as Laura Petrie.

Her co-star Dick Van Dyke expressed his sincere sadness over the actress’s death. ‘There are no words. She was the best! I always said we changed each other’s lives for the better’.