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CeeLo Releases “Robin Williams”

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The last we heard from CeeLo Green (unfortunately, it wasn’t the ACTUAL last we heard from him), he was losing gigs and everyone’s respect for being an unapologetic rapist. Now he’s back with a new song about laughing away his pain… like Robin Williams. Um…

I dare not spoil too much of this actual shit show of a song, so I’ll just leave it here so you can listen and wonder who on earth thought this was a good idea. Robin is likely spinning in his grave over this awful mess. So much for resting in peace…

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Robin Williams’ family and wife fighting over his estate

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Robin Williams‘ suicide last year was tragic enough on its own and his battle with depression was heartbreaking to hear about. He left behind children who loved him and a widow who did, as well. However, things have just gotten much worse since Robin’s kids and widow seem to be at odds over his estate.

You see, Robin’s widow, Susan Schneider, was only married to the actor for three years prior to his death, but she seems to think she’s entitled to a pretty large chunk of Williams’ fortune, despite his will explicitly stating that everything he has should go to his three children.

From The New York Times:

Court documents filed in December and January outline a bitter disagreement over money and property between the widow, Susan Schneider Williams, who was Mr. Williams’s third wife, and Zak, Zelda and Cody Williams, the comedian’s children from two previous marriages that ended in divorce.

At stake is not only a portion of the wealth that Mr. Williams accumulated in a film, television and stage career of some 40 years, but also cherished belongings that include his clothing, collectibles and personal photographs.

In their court papers, both sides display keen interest in such memorabilia — everything from Mr. Williams’s bicycles to his collections of fossils and toys — as tangible, deeply personal reminders of the irrepressible, manic imagination that drove his performances as a comedian and actor.

In legal papers filed just before Christmas in San Francisco, lawyers for Mrs. Williams presented her view as to what she is entitled to from the estate. This petition complained that some property was “unilaterally removed” from their home “days after Mr. Williams’s untimely death.”

Then, when she sought legal representation, “certain home-related services were canceled,” like newspaper delivery, according to the papers filed in California Superior Court.

Allan Mayer, a spokesman for the Williams children, said Monday in an email, “Notwithstanding Ms. Schneider Williams’s insinuations, the fact is that neither the Williams children nor any representative of theirs has been in the house or had anything taken from it since Robin Williams’s tragic death.”

The papers filed by Mrs. Williams assert that, since she lost “her husband through a shocking and emotionally charged event,” she has not been “given time to grieve her loss free from the frenetic efforts to interfere with her domestic tranquillity.

This whole thing is an absolute mess. Frankly, why should his wife of 3 years be entitled to pieces of memorabilia and money he earned well before they were ever together? What kind of woman would even want to take that from her husband’s children? I get that Schneider is probably shitting herself because she was being kept by him and now has no money, so she wants some of the pie for herself. What a mess. I hope she comes to her senses and Robin’s children get what their father left to them.

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Robin Williams suffered with dementia hallucinations before suicide

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More sad news coming out about Robin Williams and the days/hours leading up to his suicide this past August. It was revealed a while back that Robin was suffering from Parkinson’s disease and had recently been diagnosed, but now it seems as though that condition led him to also experience a horrible disease called Lewy Body Dimentia, which causes abnormal protein deposits in the brain that inhibit normal functioning.

From TMZ:

Lewy Body Dementia is a common condition associated with Parkinson’s … and people afflicted by both often get severe side effects from Parkinson’s meds. Hallucinations are common, where patients see phantom objects, people or animals. The patients often try to converse with the illusions.

Robin’s wife had told authorities shortly after his death he had been complaining about the meds and the way they made him feel.

Sources connected with the Williams family tell TMZ … Lewy Body Dementia was the “key factor” they believe drove him to kill himself. We’re told Robin’s doctors agree that the disease was the critical factor leading to his suicide.

Really, really sad. It’s crazy how the body can just turn on itself like that, isn’t it? However, I do hope that we can start letting Robin Williams rest in peace. I think we all know more than we need to as a society and we need to let his family grieve and find closure on their own without reporting on every new development. I understand it’s important to share these things to hopefully bring more awareness to these little-talked about conditions, but there has to be a line drawn, so I’m sorta torn on this.

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Robin Williams’ daughter Zelda speaks out on mental health

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Zelda Williams is still coming to terms with her father, Robin Williams‘, suicide. However, she’s still speaking out in the hope of helping others avoid the same fate that her father met and urging people to seek help for depression and other mental illnesses. Here’s what she had to say on World Mental Health Day:

“Mental illness is often misunderstood & misrepresented, but that’s starting to change. Let’s end the stigma. Mental health IS as important as physical health, & whether there are visible signs or not, the suffering is real. It can affect EVERYONE.” 

“Let’s stop the misconceptions & support those who need our help. Healing the whole starts with healing minds. No matter what the misinformed say, you can’t simply CHOOSE to make mental illness go away. It is NOT cowardly to suffer or seek help. Lastly, my dad openly fought depression his whole life, both in general and his own. No matter what anyone says, it is a FIGHT. Fight on.” 

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Too right. Hopefully others can benefit from Zelda’s speaking out, and hopefully her family can find some kind of peace in this awful situation.

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Robin Williams honored by Rolling Stone

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Rolling Stone‘s new issue pays tribute to Robin Williams, with an extensive feature which delves into the actor’s last few years of life both personally and professionally and also includes a tribute from Tom Hanks. The feature in its entirety as it appears in the magazine is below – just scroll through the gallery to read. It’s a long one, and a touching one.  (Thanks to ONTD for the scans.)

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Here’s Billy Crystal’s touching tribute to Robin Williams at last night’s Emmys

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Last night’s Emmy Awards were pretty awful from start the finish, as per usual, but there were some highlights. One of the biggest of those was the In Memoriam to Robin Williams, which was presented by his longtime friend and colleague, Billy Crystal. It was moving, funny and not overwrought, which is always a danger in awards show tributes.

You can watch the full thing below – it’s clear that so many loved, admired and will greatly miss Robin Williams.

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Robin Williams’ ashes have been scattered at sea

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Following his death earlier this month, it’s been revealed that Robin Williams was cremated and his ashes were spread at sea almost immediately.

From TMZ:

Robin Williams’ body was cremated the day after he died … and his ashes were scattered in San Francisco Bay … this according to the official death certificate.

The document — issued in Marin County where he died — does not list an immediate cause of death … instead it merely says, “pending investigation.”

The coroner is still waiting for the results of toxicology tests … to see if Williams had any chemicals in his body when he died. Those results will be available in the next few weeks.

That must have been the peaceful ending he would have liked.

In other news, Billy Crystal will be presenting a special tribute to Williams at this year’s Emmy Awards, which will take place next month. The pair had been friends for decades, so no doubt it will be a fitting memorial.

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