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Robin Williams

Family Settles Feud Over Estate

10/2/2015 3:38 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

1002_robin_williams_tmzRobin Williams' widow has settled her lawsuit against the comedian's children, in a dispute that got intensely personal and hurtful.

Susan Schneider Williams, his 3rd wife, claimed the kids tried to screw her out of money she needed to live. The bad blood centered around Robin's estate in Tiburon, CA. His will provided that Susan got the house and expenses to maintain it, but his estate had the power to dole out the dollars, and she says the estate harbored a grudge against her and denied her what she needed.

Susan and the kids also fought over Robin's awards, watch collection, an expensive bike collection, photos and other cherished possessions.

Susan has now dropped her claims against the estate so the matter is now settled. The terms of the settlement are confidential.


Robin Williams

Wife & Kids Still Fighting

Over High-Priced Bike Collection

8/28/2015 12:08 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0828-robin-williams-bike-GETTY-01Robin Williams' widow and his three kids are still warring over his possessions, including his super-expensive collection of bicycles.

The attorney for Susan Williams, Robin's widow, was in court Friday morning ... asking a San Francisco judge to settle the remaining property disputes with Robin's 3 children ... Zak, Zelda and Cody.

Robin was an avid cyclist and owned dozens of bikes when he died. It's been reported he spent more than a million bucks on the sport. Some of his cycles were extremely rare and worth tens of thousands of dollars.

The attorney for the children says Robin's will is clear about who should get what ... and doesn't think the court needs to intervene.

Both sides will meet next week in a last ditch effort to settle the matter without the judge.


Robin Williams

Wife Says She's Getting Shortchanged

8/18/2015 12:21 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0818-robin-williams-tmz-01Robin Williams' widow says she's not getting enough money to make ends meet ... but Robin's kids think she's getting what she deserves.

Susan Schneider filed legal docs in which she complains she's not getting enough money to cover her mortgage, insurance and maintenance of the Tiburon, CA home she shared with Robin. She does not mention a specific amount.

Susan doesn't buy the number the estate came up with ... a number Robin's kids are more than happy with. The reality ... the kids will get what is left when Susan dies. The kids think Susan is just inflating what she deserves so the funds get depleted.

Susan also says she hasn't gotten any money for the house since Robin died more than a year ago. Apparently the hold up is because the various parties can't agree on how much she should get.


'Jumanji' Star

Film Reboot Not Right Without Robin

8/8/2015 12:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Bradley Pierce, the little kid from "Jumanji," doesn't want Sony to roll the dice on the reboot ... and for good reason.

Pierce hasn't been asked to reprise his role as Peter Shepherd from the original '95 film, which also starred Robin Williams

The snub's not what's bothering Pierce about the remake ... it's the fact that Williams obviously isn't in the picture ... he carried the film to blockbuster status.

Pierce says he believes Williams would have had his doubts about a reboot, and not because the late actor didn't want to wait for someone to roll another 5 or 8. 

Robin Williams

Judge Tells Widow & Kids

Squash Property Beef Out of Court

3/30/2015 3:01 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Robin Williams' children and his widow have 11 days to settle their war over his personal items ... before a judge weighs in on the dispute.

During a hearing in San Francisco today ... the judge urged both parties to meet outside court -- possibly with a mediator -- to figure out who gets what.

In December, Susan Williams filed docs ... claiming a bunch of Robin's possessions -- including the tuxedo he wore at their wedding -- had been removed from their home. Robin's kids countered that Susan was trying to rob them of items like awards, watches, and photos that Robin wanted them to have. 

The judge gave them an April 10 deadline.

The attorney for the Williams estate tells TMZ ... Robin was intensely private and would not want this playing out in public -- but now it has to, since Susan took legal action. He added ... no one has removed a single item from Robin and Susan's home. 


Robin Williams

Widow and Kids

Bitter Fight Over Property

2/2/2015 1:51 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Robin Williams' widow is fighting his 3 children over property the kids say is clearly theirs ... and the dispute is so bad it has ended up in court.

Susan Schneider has filed legal docs complaining someone came into the house days after Robin's death and took some of the actor's belongings. But the kids tell a very different story.

Zak, Zelda and Cody Williams claim Susan is essentially attempting a money grab by ignoring the plain language of his will and trust and trying to redefine it to benefit her.

Sources connected with the kids tell TMZ ... Susan refused to let them in the house after Robin died. We're told before Robin met Susan -- he was very clear in the trust he created ... he left his personal effects, including his Oscar for the movie "Good Will Hunting", movie memorabilia, action figures, graphic novels, theater masks and other items to his 3 children.

Susan -- who was only married to Robin for 3 years -- acknowledges she has no right to items related to his acting career, such as his suspenders from "Mork and Mindy," but she wants other items like the tux from his wedding and other "knickknacks."

Sources connected with the children say Susan can absolutely keep the items she accumulated with Robin while they were married, but they say she has gone way further. For example, they're indignant she is apparently trying to redefine the word "jewelry." We're told the kids are supposed to get all of it, but she's saying "jewelry" does not include his watch collection.

And people who were extremely close to Robin say he would be heartsick that this was not worked out between family ... privately.


Robin Williams

Dementia Hallucinations Triggered Suicide

11/11/2014 1:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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Robin Williams' suicide was triggered by a horrible disease called Lewy Body Dementia ... sources connected with his family tell TMZ.

TMZ has obtained documents showing Williams was struggling with the disease, which is marked by abnormal protein deposits in the brain that disrupt normal function. 

Lewy Body Dementia is a condition commonly 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.


Robin Williams

Suicide Triggered by Depression, Parkinson's, Paranoia

11/7/2014 10:36 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Robin Williams was struggling with his Parkinson's, anxiety, depression and paranoia just before he committed suicide ... this according the Coroner's report.  
The paranoia has not been previously reported. According to the report -- obtained by TMZ -- the night before Robin died, he placed several wristwatches in a sock and gave them to someone because he was worried about their safe keeping.

Williams had 4 drugs in his system -- 2 anti-depressants, 2 caffeine compounds, (listed as a drug). The Coroner's report confirms what we were told by various people ... Williams was sober at the time of death.  

When authorities found Robin's body ... they saw a closed bottle of Seroquel, a drug that treats schizophrenia, bipolar disorders and depression. It was prescribed a week before he died.

The 63-year-old comedian committed suicide Aug. 11 by hanging himself with a belt in his Marin County home. He had also attempted to cut his wrists with a pocket knife. The report says authorities found a damp, white washcloth on the bathroom sink counter with a "reddish substance" -- possibly blood.

According to the Coroner's report ... authorities asked Williams' wife if Robin was into autoerotica. She said he was not, but he worked on a movie several years ago in which the character who played Williams' son died of autoerotica, and the scene was "very difficult and emotional for Mr. Williams."

The report says the last outgoing call from Robin's phone was at 7:08 PM the night before he died. He had called his wife, and it lasted 38 seconds. She told authorities he called because he was picking up magazines for her at a bookstore.

The night before he died, Robin's wife said he seemed ok ... he had been rummaging through their closet and grabbed his iPad, which she thought was a good sign because he hadn't even watched TV or read anything in approximately 6 months ... which presumably is a manifestation of depression.

As for what Robin was looking at on his iPad ... the web browser had several tabs open to websites discussing medications, including Lyrica -- a seizure Rx -- and propranolol -- which treats blood pressure and tremors.

She says the last time she saw him -- at around 10:30 PM Sunday, she described his demeanor as "excited."  

As for why Robin and his wife were in separate bedrooms, she told authorities he had been having trouble sleeping and would move around a lot in bed and talk loudly in his sleep.

As we reported ... Williams was getting treatment for severe depression shortly before his death. After he died, Robin's widow Susan Schneider revealed he was in the early stages of Parkinson's.

According to the report ... Williams had experienced Parkinson's symptoms since 2011 -- he had a tremor in his left arm and movement in his left hand had slowed. He had recently started taking levodopa to treat it.

Williams' wife wanted to see the body before it was removed from the house. They pulled back the sheets and she prayed over the body ... and Sheriff's deputies joined her.


Mike Tyson

Robin Williams' Drug Dealer

... Was My Drug Dealer

10/29/2014 7:34 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
0102914_mike_tyson_stern_launchMike Tyson says he and Robin Williams battled drug addiction TOGETHER -- and bonded over the fact they bought drugs from the same "lowlife dealer."

Mike appeared on "The Howard Stern Show" on SiriusXM Radio and opened up about his issues with substance abuse and mental illness in a very candid interview. 

The boxing legend says he would go to meetings with Williams -- and revealed they would confide in each other.

Mike also says it always blew his mind that someone so beloved and respected as Robin could be connected to the same bad people as him.

As Howard put it ... "The world of drugs makes you go to the lowest common denominator."

Click here for more of the interview.

Robin Williams

Private Celebrity Tribute Held

9/28/2014 7:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0928-robin-williams-tmz-01Robin William's famous friends and family gathered for a private memorial Saturday in San Francisco ... and Billy Crystal was in tears during the emotional tribute.

The event was reportedly held at the Curan Theatre and featured speeches from Billy, Whoopi Goldberg, Bobcat Goldthwait, Bonnie Hunt, Eric Idle, Williams’ three children and his wife, Susan.

Stevie Wonder handled the tribute's music ... and the event was attended by Bette Midler, Ben Stiller, George Lucas, Penny Marshall, Danny De Vito, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Jeff Bridges, Minnie Driver, Josh Groban, Seth Green, Eddie Izzard and Richard Lewis.

Robin's daughter Zelda Williams reportedly organized a majority of the memorial.


Robin Williams

Turned Down HUGE Vegas Offer

8/27/2014 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Robin Williams
turned down a huge Las Vegas offer 2 years before he died ... and sources connected with Robin tell us it's further proof he did NOT have money troubles.

TMZ has obtained an AEG Live document to Robin ... offering him $600,000 to headline 2 shows at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace.

We're told Robin's people turned the offer down ... he was shooting "The Crazy Ones" at the time. Robin's people -- who have maintained all along money was not a factor in his suicide -- tell TMZ if he was really cash-strapped he would have done some moonlighting in Vegas to rake in some dough.

Under the proposal ... ticket prices ranged from $75 - $150.


'Friday' Star John Witherspoon

Robin Williams Was A Coke Fiend

8/23/2014 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
John Witherspoon has thrown cold water on the homages to Robin Williams ... saying he was a hardcore junkie.

Witherspoon -- who played the father in "Friday" -- worked with Robin back in 1977 on the set of "The Richard Pryor Show" ... and tells us not only was Robin an addict, but that he even stole his coke right out from under him.

John actually cracked a cocaine joke describing Robin's prior penchant for coke.

Robin Williams' Son

Smiling and Mingling With Friends

8/21/2014 7:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
0820_Cody-Williams_splashRobin Williams' son Cody put on a brave face ... mingling with friends Tuesday in San Francisco to celebrate his dad's life.

Cody was dressed casually as he arrived at an invitation-only event at Marsha Garces' home ... she's Cody's mom and Robin's second wife. The outside of the house was strewn with candles and bouquets from well-wishers.

The 22-year-old Cody is not seen in the pic with his sister, Zelda, or half-brother, Zac

No plans have been announced for a public memorial for Robin ... whose cremated remains were scattered in the San Francisco Bay.

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