"It's very, very sad. He was an amazing performer - an icon before I met him, then a friend." British comedian Ricky Gervais pays tribute to his late co-star Robin Williams at the New York premiere of their film Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb. Williams' widow, Susan Schneider, attended the event in her late husband's memory following his suicide in August (14).
Robin Williams' widow will honour the late comedian/actor at the New York premiere of one of his final films on Thursday (11Dec14). Susan Schneider has agreed to attend the Night at the Museum 3 screening after director Shawn Levy personally invited her.
He tells USA Today, "She is coming to honour her husband, that is what she told me. She knows it will be emotional, she knows it will not be easy. But she knows it's an amazing performance in a franchise that Robin Williams loved.
"I called to connect with her. We don't know each other that well, but I feel connected to her. I cannot begin to fathom what she has endured... She knows the final act (of the film) has some bittersweet stuff, but she wanted to be there and celebrate it for Robin."
Williams had just wrapped the movie when he took his life in August (14).
The premiere will mark Schneider's first major public appearance since the actor's death.
She will join Williams' co-stars Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson and Rick Gervais, among the celebrities at the Ziegfeld Theater for the premiere.
Tragic comedian Robin Williams left an estate worth $50 million (£31.3 million) to his three children, according to a will filed in California last week (ends07Nov14).
The Oscar winner committed suicide in August (14), and now, three months after his death, his final wishes have been made public after the documents were lodged in a Marin County court.
According to the U.K.'s The Daily Mail, the actor set up the Robin Williams Trust in a will dated 31 January, 2011, with the beneficiaries of his estate listed as his three adult children, Zachary, Zelda and Cody, from his first two marriages. The will also ensured financial support for his third wife Susan Schneider, who would be taken care of as part of a prenuptial agreement they signed prior to their wedding in 2011.
The news emerges days after the Marin County coroner officially ruled Williams' death a suicide.
The funnyman was struggling with depression, anxiety and the early stages of Parkinson's disease at the time of his passing.
Stars including Billy Crystal, Whoopi Goldberg and Stevie Wonder headed to San Francisco, California on Saturday (27Sep14) to pay tribute to late actor Robin Williams following his death in August (14). The Good Will Hunting star committed suicide in his adopted home of San Francisco last month (Aug14) and was laid to rest at a private funeral a week later.
His daughter Zelda organised a memorial service at the Curran Theatre on Saturday so his life could be celebrated by his famous friends.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, hundreds of guests attended while others sent in music and video tributes. Billy Crystal, who gave a speech in Williams' honour at the Emmy Awards last month (Aug14), paid another emotional farewell to his friend while Goldberg, comedian Bobcat Goldthwait, Bonnie Hunt, Eric Idle and Williams' three children and wife Susan also addressed the audience.
Stevie Wonder helmed the musical section of the memorial with the Glide Ensemble and Change Band from the Glide Memorial Church, where Williams' funeral was held.
Following the service, the guests headed to the nearby Westin St. Francis Hotel for a reception.
Other attendees include the actor's Mork & Mindy co-star Pam Dawber, Bette Midler, Ben Stiller, George Lucas, Danny DeVito, Rhea Perlman, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Jeff Bridges, Minnie Driver, Josh Groban, Seth Green and Eddie Izzard.
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Robin Williams gave one TV reporter an eerie insight into the state of his mind during a recent interview to promote upcoming film The Angriest Man In Brooklyn. The funnyman, who passed away on Monday (11Aug14), was battling depression and the early stages of Parkinson's disease when he apparently took his own life at the home he shared with his artist wife in Marin County, California, and in one of his final interviews he responded to the question what would he do if he only had 90 minutes to live - like the character he plays in the new film.
Williams appeared wistful as he responded to the question, stating, "Try and connect with my kids and just be with my wife."
He then paused before adding, "Just be with her and just watch her paint. Love her and just be so grateful and just tell her how much she's made my life amazing."
The interview footage aired on U.S. news show Extra on Thursday (14Aug14).
Williams' third wife Susan Schneider was the last person to see the Oscar winner alive on Sunday night (10Aug14), before she retired to bed.
Actor Michael J. Fox was "stunned" to learn his late friend Robin Williams was secretly suffering from the early stages of Parkinson's Disease at the time of his death on Monday (11Aug14). The tragic Oscar winner was found slumped in a chair at his home in Marin County, California, after apparently taking his own life.
The news of Williams' death was accompanied by speculation concerning the state of his mind, and rumours about his finances and past addiction battles.
His publicist addressed the gossip on Wednesday (13Aug14), insisting Williams had no financial woes, and his widow, Susan Schneider shed light on Williams' state of mind at the time of his death by revealing her husband was sober but still coming to terms with a recent Parkinson's disease diagnosis in a statement released to the media on Thursday (14Aug14).
And following the announcement, Back to the Future star Fox, who has been battling the same debilitating condition since the early 1990s, took to Twitter.com to share his thoughts.
He wrote, "Stunned to learn Robin had PD (Parkinson's Disease). Pretty sure his support for our Fdn (Foundation) predated his diagnosis. A true friend; I wish him peace."
Fox, who was diagnosed with the disease in 1991, disclosed his condition to the public in 1998 and established The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research in 2000.
Since then, his organisation has become the largest non-profit funder of Parkinson's Disease research in the world, and has invested in more than $350 million (GBP209.7 million) in finding a cure.
Robin Williams' widow has revealed the tragic funnyman was suffering the early stages of Parkinson's disease at the time of his death on Monday (11Aug14). Susan Schneider has released a new statement to the media in a bid to end speculation surrounding her late husband's apparent suicide, insisting money worries and his addiction issues were not responsible for the tragedy, despite ongoing reports to the contrary.
She claims the Good Morning, Vietnam star's sobriety was "intact" following a brief stint at a rehab/renewal centre earlier this summer (14), but he was struggling with a Parkinson's disease diagnosis.
Her statement reads: "Robin spent so much of his life helping others. Whether he was entertaining millions on stage, film or television, our troops on the frontlines, or comforting a sick child - Robin wanted us to laugh and to feel less afraid.
"Since his passing, all of us who loved Robin have found some solace in the tremendous outpouring of affection and admiration for him from the millions of people whose lives he touched. His greatest legacy, besides his three children, is the joy and happiness he offered to others, particularly to those fighting personal battles.
"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 yet ready to share publicly.
"It is our hope in the wake of Robin's tragic passing, that others will find the strength to seek the care and support they need to treat whatever battles they are facing so they may feel less afraid."
Photographs of Robin Williams socialising at an art gallery party in California hours before his death have surfaced online. The snaps show the Mrs. Doubtfire star mingling with other partygoers at a reception hosted by local artist Mark Jaeger at a venue in San Francisco, California.
Williams was pictured at the event on Saturday night (09Aug14), just 36 hours before his body was found at his home in nearby Marin County. The star is believed to have hanged himself after suffering a long bout of depression.
Jaeger tells TMZ.com that Williams seemed in good spirits at the bash and was spotted laughing with other guests, while he also claims to have held a discussion with the actor about a potential movie script.
Williams attended the party with his wife Susan Schneider, who is also seen in the snaps.
The deputy chief coroner who presided over Robin Williams' autopsy has defended his decision to go public with details about the star's death following a backlash from critics.
The 63-year-old Oscar winner was found dead after he hanged himself in his home in Marin County, California on Monday (11Aug14).
Sheriff's Office Deputy Chief Coroner Keith Boyd gave a press conference on Tuesday (12Aug14) to give details about the circumstances surrounding the actor's death, revealing Williams' personal assistant discovered the body. Boyd also confirmed the Mrs. Doubtfire star had hanged himself with a belt, and that a number of cuts had been found on his left wrist.
Following the press conference, which was shown on TV and streamed online, many fans criticised Boyd for releasing such specific details about the tragedy. However, Boyd has now defended his decision in a statement which reads: "The Sheriff's Office understands how the release of the kind of information you heard... may be viewed as disturbing by some, and as unnecessary by others, but under California law, all that information is considered 'public information' and we are precluded from denying access to it.
These kinds of cases, whether they garner national attention or not, are very difficult for everyone involved. "Frankly, it would have been our personal preference to withhold a lot of what we disclosed to the press... but the California Public Records Act does not give us that kind of latitude. For the same reasons, we will likely be required to release to the media the 911 phone call we received from Mr. Williams' residence and the fire dispatch tapes that resulted as well..."
A private memorial is currently being planned for Williams by his wife Susan Schneider, according to E! News.