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Lauren Bacall Leaves $10K for Her Dog

Sophie will be well taken care of

(Newser) - Papillion Sophie has lived a pampered life, but that doesn't have to end now that her famous owner—Hollywood legend Lauren Bacall—has died. According to estate papers filed last week, Bacall left $10,000 to her son Sam Robards for Sophie's care and upkeep, Page Six reports.... More »

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 »

Actor Richard Attenborough Dead at 90

Oscar-winner starred in 'Brighton Rock' and 'The Great Escape'

(Newser) - Oscar-winning actor and director Richard Attenborough died today in a London nursing home at the age of 90, his son tells the BBC . Attenborough amassed 74 acting credits over 60 years, starring in acclaimed films like Brighton Rock, The Great Escape, and Miracle on 34th Street, and later the Steven... 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 »

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 »

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 »

Twitter to 'Improve Policies' After Zelda Williams Bullied

Family members to get more support, site says

(Newser) - Twitter has promised to take a look at its policies after some sickening abuse over her father's death forced Zelda Williams off the site . After she tweeted a touching tribute to her father, the grieving daughter received messages on Twitter and Instagram blaming her for her father's death,... More »

Robin Williams Had Parkinson's: Wife

Susan Schneider reveals he was in early stages of the disease

(Newser) - A bombshell from Robin Williams' wife: The actor had been diagnosed with Parkinson's before his death. "Robin’s sobriety was intact and he was brave as he struggled with his own battles of depression, anxiety, as well as early stages of Parkinson’s Disease, which he was not... More »

Inside the Final Days of Robin Williams

Actor was clearly struggling, friends say

(Newser) - In the days before his death, Robin Williams "would often sleep a majority of the day and night," a source tells Radar . He was so depressed, "he wasn't eating and was just having problems getting out of bed," the source continues. "He would often... More »

Robin Williams Performed The Godfather at AA Meeting

Founder of NYC organization says he attended meetings there in 2008

(Newser) - Apparently what goes on at an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting only stays anonymous while the attendee in question is still alive. Eddie Baca, screenwriter and founder of New York's 46th Street Club House , tells Page Six the Robin Williams attended AA meetings at the Club House a few times a... More »

Robin Williams' Daughter Quits Social Media

Zelda Williams was upset by online trolls

(Newser) - Robin Williams' daughter, Zelda, shared a touching quote on Twitter after her father's death—but now the 25-year-old has decided to quit Twitter and Instagram, at least for a while, after online trolls started posting negative pictures and comments directed at her. First, Zelda asked her followers to report... More »

Hollywood Salutes Legend Lauren Bacall

Tributes are pouring in to honor her 'magical life'

(Newser) - The iconic, smoky-voiced Lauren Bacall died yesterday at age 89, but her memory will live on in Hollywood—and in the world—forever. Stephen Bogart, her son with the equally legendary Humphrey Bogart, says "her life speaks for itself—she lived a wonderful life, a magical life," reports... More »

Lauren Bacall Dead at 89

Star of stage and screen died of a massive stroke

(Newser) - Actress Lauren Bacall, who shot to fame in the 1940s and remained a cultural icon, died at home today in New York City of a massive stroke, a family member tells TMZ . She was 89. The co-star of classic films like To Have and Have Not (1944), The Big Sleep ... More »

Inside Robin Williams' Addiction Battle

He fought alcohol, drugs, depression for years

(Newser) - Robin Williams often joked about his addiction to cocaine and alcohol—a lifelong struggle that saw him visit a treatment facility just weeks before his suspected suicide yesterday, according to the Hollywood Reporter . Williams, 63, talked openly about 30 years of addiction to drugs and alcohol that began in the... More »

Hollywood Mourns Williams

63-year-old actor died yesterday morning of an apparent suicide

(Newser) - Hollywood was quick to react to the news of Robin Williams' death , with Danny DeVito tweeting only the word "heartbroken," and John Krasinski calling Williams "the kindest hearted man," according to the Hollywood Reporter . Pink, who says she only met him once, described it as "... More »

Robin Williams Found Dead in Apparent Suicide

The 63-year-old actor was battling depression, publicist says

(Newser) - Oscar-winning actor and comedian Robin Williams was found dead today in his house in Tiburon, Calif., of a suspected suicide, says the Hollywood Reporter . Details remain sketchy, but according to a sheriff's office statement, a 911 call came in at 11:55am this morning describing a man "not... More »

Casey Kasem's Missing Body Case Gets Even Weirder

Private investigator says it's in hometown of his wife's lover

(Newser) - The saga of the late Casey Kasem's family drama continues: It was revealed this week that the iconic DJ's missing body had been moved to Canada by his wife, Jean, who had previously been accused of cheating on her dying husband. Now, a private investigator hired by Kasem'... More »

Has Casey Kasem's Body Been Located?

His former agent says it's in Canada

(Newser) - Casey Kasem's daughter said last week that her father's body was missing ; yesterday, Kasem's longtime former agent told Reuters that it's in Canada. Don Pitts said Kasem's wife, Jean, who's been battling Kasem's children from a prior marriage, had his body flown from... More »

Peaches Geldof Was Heroin Addict: Husband

Drugs found in system too pure for relapsed addict, inquest hears

(Newser) - A coroner has ruled that Peaches Geldof did, indeed, die of a heroin overdose , and her husband, Thomas Cohen, admitted at the inquest looking into her April death that she was using again shortly before her death, the Guardian reports. The 25-year-old mother of two had been taking methadone for... More »

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