Mary Tyler Moore's husband Dr. Robert Levine has spoken out after his wife's death
Robert – who was married to Mary from 1983 until she passed away after suffering a heart attack – released an exclusive statement to People magazine, in which he said that he felt completely lost without her.
The cardiologist said: "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 also went on to say that the actress remained independent despite her long-term battle with diabetes and heart and kidney troubles.
He continued: "She was a force of nature who fiercely defended her autonomy even as her health was failing."
Robert said he's felt 'empty' since Mary passed away
Mary died on January 25 after suffering a heart attack
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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.
Dr. Robert Levine
"Mary was fearless, determined, and wilful. If she felt strongly about something, or that there was truth to be told, she would do it, no matter the consequences," Robert added.
Tributes have continued to pour in for Mary – who was known for her television roles in The Mary Tyler Moore Show and The Dick Van Dyke Show – and Robert said of the messages: "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."
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Robert's comments come after Mary's representative Mara Buxbaum confirmed that the star – who had also received an Oscar nomination for the 1981 movie Ordinary People – had passed away in a statement released last month.
Ed Asner, who acted alongside Moore in The Mary Tyler Moore Show, mourned her death on Twitter, with him posting: "My heart goes out to you and your family. Know that I love you and believe in your strength."
Longtime interviewer Larry King added that she was "a dear friend, a truly great person and a fighter".