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Robin Williams' Will Puts Disney in a Quandary

Former exec says plans for a fourth 'Aladdin' film have been scuttled

(Newser) - Robin Williams' innovative will locked down the use of his image for 25 years —and as a result, the Times of London says that Disney "has abandoned plans to make a fourth installment of the blockbuster Aladdin" animated film, in which Williams played the Genie. "When he... More »

Robin Williams' Widow: He Gave Me Last 'Perfect' Day

On the Saturday before he died

(Newser) - The second part of Susan Williams' Good Morning America interview aired Wednesday, and in it, Robin Williams' widow recounts the Saturday they spent together just days before he took his own life. "It was the perfect day," she said. "We just did what we loved to do... More »

Robin Williams' Widow: He Had Just 3 Years Left to Live

Susan Williams talks about his final months, days

(Newser) - More than a year after he took his own life, Robin Williams' widow is talking about his final days. In interviews with People and Good Morning America , Susan Williams says that it was Lewy Body Dementia or DLB, an incurable brain disease commonly associated with Parkinson's , that drove her... More »

At Heart of Robin Williams Family Feud: His Bikes

Plus other belongings including artwork, books

(Newser) - Robin Williams' family is still feuding over his estate , and his large bike collection is one of the things in dispute. The actor loved biking and was known to frequent local bike shops near where he lived in California's Marin County. As his widow fights with his children over... More »

California to Name Tunnel After Robin Williams

He used to go through 'Rainbow Tunnel' every day

(Newser) - Unless fans of failed 1853 Whig Party gubernatorial candidate William Waldo make a last stand, California will soon be getting a Robin Williams Tunnel. A bill to rename the tunnel, which connects the Golden Gate Bridge to Marin County and was once part of the comedian's daily commute, sailed... More »

Robin Williams Locked Down His Image for 25 Years

In what the 'Hollywood Reporter' notes could become an industry model

(Newser) - Robin Williams' children are fighting his widow in court over how to divide his belongings—and one of the exhibits in the court battle reveals that Williams protected the use of his image in what the Hollywood Reporter calls an "innovative, cutting-edge" way that "just might become a... More »

Robin Williams' Family Feuding Over Estate

3 children are in legal dispute with widow

(Newser) - In a sad but all-too-common postscript to someone's life cut short, Robin Williams' children and wife are locked in a bitter dispute over his estate. In court papers filed in December and January, the comedian's three adult children say they are "heartbroken" that widow Susan Williams is... More »

Google Reveals Top Search of 2014

Search requests for information about Robin Williams top the list

(Newser) - Google has revealed the topic of the year's fastest-rising search request: Robin Williams' suicide. Reaction to his death tops this year's list, the AP reports. Some notable examples: In the first few days after, the number of searches for "carpe diem," a phrase Williams popularized in... More »

Dementia-Linked Hallucinations Drove Robin Williams' Suicide

According to TMZ's sources

(Newser) - TMZ says it has uncovered what was behind Robin Williams' suicide: a disease called Lewy Body Dementia, which can cause hallucinations. Lewy Body Dementia is commonly associated with Parkinson's, which Williams had , and Radar Online reported last week that Williams' autopsy report revealed that he suffered from it.... More »

Coroner: No Booze, Drugs in Suicide of Robin Williams

Report confirms suicide by hanging

(Newser) - The coroner in Marin County, Calif., today confirmed that Robin Williams' death was indeed caused by suicide , reports CNN . The 63-year-old had no alcohol in his system when he hanged himself at his home, and the only drugs found were from prescribed medication in "therapeutic concentrations." The coroner... More »

Robin Williams' Kids Pay Tribute at World Series

Zak throws first pitch at AT&T Park, Billy Crystal catches

(Newser) - For a few minutes last night, one of the San Francisco Giants' most famous fans loomed large in the stadium again. Before Game 5 of the World Series, Robin Williams' children paid him tribute by throwing the first pitch, US Magazine reports. Eldest son Zak did the honors with Williams'... More »

7 Pairs of Celeb Roommates

You may not have known these stars lived together

(Newser) - Want to live with a celebrity? Try being a celebrity yourself. The Stir rounds up celebrity pairs you probably didn't know lived together:
  • John Cusack and Jeremy Piven: They were childhood friends in Evanston, Illinois, and lived together in Chicago. But when asked later what happened when Cusack became
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Emmys: Billy Crystal Honors Robin Williams

During 'in memoriam' segment of Emmy Awards

(Newser) - Billy Crystal paid tribute to Robin Williams, his longtime friend and fellow comedian, at the Emmy Awards on NBC tonight. Crystal honored Williams as part of the traditional "in memoriam" segment for industry members who died during the past year, which included a performance from Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles.... More »

Robin Williams' Donated Bike Raises $20K for Charity

Still had mud on tires from actor riding it

(Newser) - Robin Williams loved cycling—he even once gave Conan O'Brien a "ridiculous" bike to cheer him up—and a few weeks before his death, he donated his custom-made Pegoretti bicycle to a charity auction, Page Six reports. At Saturday night's Hotbed Benefit, which raised funds for 10,... More »

Robin Williams' Ashes Scattered in San Francisco Bay

He was cremated the day after his death

(Newser) - Robin Williams' ashes were scattered in San Francisco Bay on August 12, the day after his death, Radar reports. The information was listed on his official death certificate, TMZ reports, noting that the certificate doesn't list cause of death yet; it simply says "pending investigation." The coroner... More »

Mara Wilson: Robin Williams Was Like a Dad

Mrs. Doubtfire actress reflects on her costar

(Newser) - Mara Wilson —aka Mrs. Doubtfire's youngest kid—is offering a heartfelt remembrance of a man who, to her and many others, felt a bit like a father. "Robin Williams, as I knew him, was warm, gentle, expressive, nurturing, and brilliant," she writes on her blog... More »

Robin Williams 'Engaged' in Work Hours Before Death

Confidante says suicide was likely not premeditated

(Newser) - The day before he was found hanged, Robin Williams was "completely engaged" in a conversation about work, a confidante tells TMZ . The source speculates that Williams' suicide was spontaneous, because during their discussion, Williams was asking quite a few questions about deals that were in the works. Williams was,... More »

Westboro to Picket Robin Williams’ Funeral

So Planting Peace is organizing a benefit for charity dear to Williams

(Newser) - Back in 1996, Robin Williams made a movie called The Birdcage, in which he played a gay father. That's apparently a little too tolerant for the folks of the Westboro Baptist Church , who the Telegraph reports have now announced plans to picket the comedian's funeral, apparently "To... More »

Gene Simmons: Sorry About That Depression Screed

'I deeply regret any offhand remarks'

(Newser) - Remember that time when Gene Simmons not-so-charmingly said depressed people should just kill themselves ? Well, after Robin Williams— a depressed person — really did kill himself , people took exception to Simmons' screed, a #BanGene hashtag got going, and some radio stations stopped playing KISS' music. Now, as E! Online... More »

Behind Robin Williams' Suicide: Canceled TV Show?

Sources say cancellation of 'The Crazy Ones' hit him hard

(Newser) - Robin Williams was struggling with his Parkinson's diagnosis , which he reportedly received five months before his death—but multiple sources tell TMZ that the diagnosis wasn't the reason for his suicide, though it did "exacerbate" the chronic depression he'd lived with for so long. Parkinson's... More »

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