Williams’ artworks, memorabilia to be auctioned
Sotheby’s announces that artworks owned by Williams, and memorabilia from his career, including autographed scripts, awards and props will be auctioned in New York on Oct. 4. The sale will include street art by Banksy and Shepard Fairey, furniture and decorative art and more than 40 watches from Williams’ personal collection. A portion of the proceeds will benefit organizations including the Juilliard School, the Wounded Warrior Project and the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation.
Widow, children settle estate claims
Williams’ widow and his three children reach a settlement over his estate. Lawyers say Susan Williams will remain in the San Francisco Bay Area home she shared with Williams and receive living expenses to maintain the home for the rest of her life. She will also receive a watch Robin Williams often wore, a bike bought on their honeymoon, and their wedding gifts. Lawyer:
Susan gets to enforce Robin’s wishes. She gets to stay in the house as Robin wanted, with the trust being created to pay the expenses.
I think they’re just very happy to have this behind them.
Judge gives more time to settle dispute
A judge gives Williams wife and adult children until the end of July to settle their differences. There are over 300 items still in contention along with money to maintain one of his houses. Williams children claim his widow is:
adding insult to a terrible injury by trying to change the trust agreement and rob [us] of items [our] father clearly intended [us] to have.
Williams widow’s attorney says she is:
an emotionally grieving widow who is trying to honor her husband.
Banned use of image for 25 years0 Comments
Court documents reveal that on January 31, 2012,Williams transferred all rights to his identity to a nonprofit organisation in the event of his death. All ownership rights to Williams’ “name, voice, signature, photograph, likeness and right of privacy/publicity” come under the charitable Windfall Foundation and cannot be used until August 2039.
If the Windfall Foundation is deemed ineligible for a charitable deduction by the IRS, the Trust mandates Williams’ publicity rights be distributed to charitable organizations such as Doctors Without Borders, AIDS, Make-a-Wish. According to the Hollywood Reporter this is a strategy aimed at reducing the estates’ tax liability.
Legal battle over estate
Williams’ widow, Susan, and Williams’ children from a previous marriages, Zachary, Zelda and Cody, file opposing court documents regarding the distribution of personal items and memorabilia from Williams’ estate. Allan Mayer, a spokesman for the Williams children:
Robin’s children want nothing more than to be left alone to grieve … The fact is that they have been barred from what had been their father’s house, and not even the trustees of the Robin Williams Trust have been able to conduct a complete inventory.
‘Acclimating to the new normal’
William’s son, Zak, talks about how the family is coping with William’s death while speaking at the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation fundraising gala.
We’re doing OK. We’re acclimating to the new normal. Everything is step by step. Personally, my wife and I are focusing on doing a lot of good. She runs the San Francisco office of Human Rights Watch, and we’re working with them to do good in the world.
Sources: Lewy body dementia0 Comments
TMZ cites sources connected with Williams’s family as saying his official autopsy reveals Lewy body dementia, caused by abnormal protein deposits in the brain that can lead to hallucinations. It says patients can experience visions of phantom objects, people, or animals, and try to converse with them. It is often co-morbid with Parkinsons, and Parkinsons medications can cause a bad reaction in people suffering from both conditions. Williams is reported to have complained to his wife about the effect of the meds. It says Williams’s doctors agree that the condition was the key factor in his suicide.
Autopsy: No drugs, no alcohol0 Comments
Marin County sheriff’s office releases Williams’ autopsy results, finding Williams had no drugs or alcohol in his system. The investigation found Williams had taken prescription medications, but in “therapeutic concentrations.” The coroner rules his death a suicide that resulted from asphyxia due to hanging.
Gets Hummingbird tattoo to honor Robin Williams
Williams gets a hummingbird tattoo to honor her late father Robin Williams. Williams posts a picture of the tattoo on Instagram along with the caption:
For poppo. Thank you to the incomparable @dr_woo_ssc for so beautifully bringing my reminders to life. I’ll always put my hand out to shake with a smile.
Merry Friggin’ Christmas trailer0 Comments
Williams appears in the trailer for the movie Merry Friggin’ Christmas, one of his final movie roles. Williams plays a cynical father forced to reconnect with his son on a road trip to rescue presents and Christmas. The movie opens in theaters in November 2014.
Crystal, Fallon swap Williams’ stories
On The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Crystal and Fallon pay tribute to Williams by swapping funny stories about him. Fallon commends Crystal for his tribute to Williams on The Primetime Emmy Awards show. Crystal says “It was really a hard thing,” mentioning the entire crowd was feeling “the same sadness, bewilderment, frustration and this overall ‘What?!’
It was only two weeks after. And to try to do him justice for myself and for the audience around the world, really, in two minutes was the task. I’ve given eulogies before, sadly, for a lot of people I love, but nobody on television.
Crystal says of Williams:
He had the biggest set of balls ever on a stage. He was fearless.
Williams ‘in pain’ during Dead Poets Society
Hawke, one of the co-stars of Dead Poet’s Society, tells Jian Ghomeshi for CBS Radio:
Even (to me) at 18, it was obvious he was in a tremendous amount of pain. Anybody who was watching knew.
Rolling Stone cover
Rolling Stone devotes its cover to Williams. A tribute from Tom Hanks to Williams’s start in television:
The legend is true. In 1978, word came from the set of TV’s Happy Days. That week, Fonzie’s ultracool was threatened by a stranger from another world. The guy playing the alien was hilarious.
Emmy tribute criticism
Some viewers criticize the Emmys tribute to Williams for including a clip of a joke about an Iranian woman that they consider racist. In the gag, Williams covers his face to simulate an Islamic headscarf, and says:
I would like to welcome you to Iran… Help me!
The person putting together the Robin Williams segment for the Emmys decided to use his racist material.
— hannah story (friend to all) (@hannahmstory) August 26, 2014
Rollins apologizes in a second LA Weekly article after a public backlash follows his remarks on Williams’s suicide:
I am deeply sorry, down to my marrow. I can’t think that means anything to you, but I am completely sorry. It is not of my interest to hurt anyone but I know I did.
‘Addicted to entertaining’0 Comments
One Hour Photo director Mark Romanek tells Rolling Stone that Williams was so used to entertaining others that he needed to let off steam between takes of the psychological thriller:
He was so addicted to entertaining people and making them laugh that he needed to be funny between takes to get that out of his system, so when he went into character, he could be completely free of that urge.
‘He raised the bar’
Apatow comments in Rolling Stone on Williams’s uniqueness as a performer:
You can’t look at any modern comic and say, ‘That’s the descendant of Robin Williams,’ because it’s not possible to be a Robin Williams rip-off. He was doing something so unique that no one could even attempt their version of it. He raised the bar for what it’s possible to do, and made an enormous amount of us want to be comedians. He looked like he was having so much fun.
Turned down Vegas offer0 Comments
A document shows that Williams refused a $600,000 offer from AEG Live to headline two shows at The Colosseum at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas two years before his death. Sources say that Williams’s decision to turn down the offer, which came while he was shooting The Crazy Ones, indicates that he did not have money troubles.
Biography announced0 Comments
Publisher Henry Holt and Co. announces that it will publish Williams’ biography. The book, as yet untitled, will be written by New York Times culture writer Dave Itzkoff, who profiled Williams for the newspaper in 2009 and wrote his obituary, and edited by executive editor Paul Golob in order to ‘provide the definitive, comprehensive account of Williams’s life.’ Itzkoff:
Robin Williams was a cultural hero of mine, and in the encounters and interactions I was able to share with him, he was always gentle and generous, humane and thoughtful and hilarious.
Ashes scattered in San Francisco Bay0 Comments
Williams is cremated and his ashes scattered in San Franscisco Bay. The funeral home is Monte’s Chapel of the Hills in San Rafael, California. Authorities will continue to investigate his death and said that toxicology test results won’t be completed for two to six weeks.