Alicia Allain Schneider, John Schneider’s wife, died on February 22, the actor confirmed on Facebook. She was 53 years old. “My beautiful smile is pain-free, living in her new body alongside Jesus,” he wrote in the post.
“The Dukes of Hazzard” actor did not disclose her date of death or the cause. An online obituary states that she died at home on Feb. 21, surrounded by family. “Please respect our privacy during this time of grief. Please do not ask any questions,” the widower said in his post.
Instead, he requested that people share their fondest memories of his wife, whom he wed in 2019, per People. “If you have any pictures of us and our obvious love and adoration for each other, please post them below,” he wrote. “Lastly… hug those you love tight and let them know how you feel. We always did.”
The obituary describes Alicia Allain Schneider, who was a filmmaker and music producer, as “a proud mom and smile to her husband,” his nickname for her. She was a native of Brusly, Louisiana, and resided in Holden.
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Her spouse, daughter Jessica Ann Dollard, parents Michael and Linda Marino Allain, and brother Brandy Michael Allain live on after her. John Schneider said in another Facebook post that “this is a time of unimaginable sorrow.”
“Alicia was the fuel that ran my biggest dreams,” he wrote. “The inspiration behind every creative thought. The very fabric of my soul. The glue that held me together.”
He said losing her is indescribable. “I miss her more than any words could possibly describe,” he wrote. “Pain is too small a word. Grief is too small a word. Love itself is too small a word.”
“Should you see me out there somewhere on the stage or in line at a coffee shop, please don’t ask me how I am,” he said. “The answer is ‘broken,’ and it’s currently too difficult for me (to) fathom and certainly to painful to verbalize.”
John Schneider said people could help by sharing memories of his wife. “Thank you for your thoughts, concerns, and prayers,” he said. “Continue to post the glorious photos you captured of my Smile and I changing our world and sometimes yours, one kiss at a time because those images help.”
He also asked for prayers for his family. “Continue to pray for the strength of myself and my beautiful family to endure these most trying of times,” he wrote. He said his wife loved their fans and community and asked for grace.
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“She loved you all and spoke of how dedicated and loyal you have been all these years, and I love you right along with her,” he said. “Bare with me down this rutted and treacherous road I never dreamed I’d have to travel. Be patient with my unimaginable process.” In closing, he said that he is thankful for the time he did have with his wife.
“Thank you, Lord, for sharing the gift of Alicia with me. I‘ll never be the same, and I know that, somehow, we are still and will always be the Team To Beat.'”