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Robin Williams

'Selfish' for Committing Suicide

Says Todd Bridges

8/11/2014 4:59 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0811_robin_williams_todd_bridges_tmzRobin Williams' death had been reported for just minutes, when "Diff'rent Strokes" star Todd Bridges bashed Williams for committing suicide ... calling it "a very selfish act."

Bridges moaned he's had a hard time too but didn't take what he implies is the easy way out:  "You don't think that my life has been hell and I've had so many ups and downs now. If I did that what am i showing my children that when it gets tough that's the way out No you gotta buckle down ask God to help you. That's when prayer really comes into effect."

Bridges did give him this, "Rest in peace Robin Williams I hope you found what you were looking for."
update_graphic_red_barA few hours later Bridges apologized for the timing of his comments, saying ... "My best friend committed suicide a few months ago, and I was devastated to discover that he did not solicit my help. I am sure that my attitude toward Williams's death was a delayed reaction of my best friend's death. Again, I apologize for my negative comment, and I ask forgiveness for any pain that I have caused anyone."


Art Modell's Son

Accused Grave Pisser Suspect Can Shove Apology

8/12/2014 12:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Art Modell's son wants to see the man accused of peeing on his father's grave prosecuted -- and he wants to do so in person ... telling TMZ Sports he will absolutely be in court to stare down the suspect.

David Modell has heard Paul Serbu's claim the incident -- which became a viral video -- was all a prank and that he didn't actually pee on the grave site ... but he's not buying it.

Modell -- who was Ravens President from 2001 to 2004 -- says Serbu must be held accountable, and he's looking forward to a trial.

Serbu's attorney told TMZ his client desperately wants to reach out to the Modell family and apologize -- but he shouldn't hold his breath. David tells us Serbu "shouldn't reach out [to my family]. He should call his attorney."

As for feeling any relief that Serbu was found and charged -- Modell says, "The only misplaced relief here was his." 

In short, piss off.

Robin Williams

Commits Suicide

8/11/2014 3:58 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Oakland TV station KTVU reported Williams hung himself.
Robin Williams
has committed suicide.

The Oscar-winning actor/comedian killed himself in Tiburon, in Northern California.   His people tell us he's been recently battling severe depression.  

According to the Marin County Sheriff's Office ... authorities found Williams' body inside his home.  They say he was found unresponsive.

He was unconscious and not breathing and the coroner suspects suicide due to asphyxia. 

Williams was last seen alive at his house at 10 PM Sunday night.

Robin went back to rehab last month to focus on his sobriety.  We're told alcohol was an issue.

Williams struggled with cocaine and alcohol abuse in the early '80s but was sober for 20 years ... with the exception of a stint in rehab in 2006. 

One of Robin's last public appearances was at the San Francisco Zoo in June ... when the zoo named one of their howler monkeys "Robin" in his honor.

Robin's wife, Susan Schneider, says, "This morning, I lost my husband and my best friend, while the world lost one of its most beloved artists and beautiful human beings.  I am utterly heartbroken."


Robin's last tweet was on July 31 ... wishing his daughter Zelda Rae a happy 25th birthday. He posted a #tbt instagram pic of himself holding her as a child.  Zelda did not respond.

Late Monday evening Zelda tweeted a quote from French writer Antoine de Saint-Exupery ... "You alone will have the stars as no one else has them…In one of the stars I shall be living. In one of them I shall be laughing."

She added … "I love you. I miss you. I'll try to keep looking up. Z"

Williams was 63.



Robin Williams

President Obama:

He Touched Us All

8/11/2014 5:50 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0811-robin-williams-obama-tmz-getty-01President Obama is remembering Robin Williams for his commitment to America's troops overseas and to our citizens here at home.

The President said, "He made us laugh. He made us cry. He gave his immeasurable talent freely and generously to those who needed it most -- from our troops stationed abroad to the marginalized on our own streets."

Robin did multiple tours with the USO through the years.

Prez Obama also gave a shout out to Robin's breakthrough role in "Mork and Mindy" ... "He arrived in our lives as an alien -- but he ended up touching every element of the human spirit."

Robin Williams Death

Lance Armstrong Reacts

8/11/2014 4:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Robin Williams' longtime friend Lance Armstrong quickly reacted to the news of his death with a heartfelt message to the man who publicly stood by him through his doping scandal.

Lance tweeted, "RIP Robin. I will always remember you as one hell of a friend. I love you and will miss you terribly."
Williams remained a staunch supporter of Lance through all the accusations of him using performance enhancers -- frequently standing by his side at fundraisers for Armstrong's Livestrong Foundation.

Like most of Lance's friends, Robin had his limits though. After Lance finally copped to cheating ... Robin backed away, at least publicly, and turned down invitations to attend some Livestrong events. 


76ers Nerlens Noel

Eerily Timed Robin Williams Moment

8/11/2014 4:47 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
081114_nerlins_noel_launchJust one hour before the news broke about Robin Williams' death ... we had what turned out to be a strange encounter with Philadelphia 76ers player Nerlens Noel.

Our camera guy ran into Nerlens at the famed Rucker Park in NYC, and asked him to tell us the last movie that made him cry.

Nerlens struggled to come up with a title, but he did eventually tell us about the movie he had recently watched at home. A classic, for sure. 

R.I.P. Robin.

Casey Kasem's Body

On the Road Again

8/11/2014 10:14 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Casey Kasem's body is about to top James Brown's on the mileage front ... because we've learned it's being moved again ... this time thousands of miles away.

Casey's body is currently in a Montreal funeral home -- nearly 2 months after he died in Washington.

Sources tell us ... Jean Kasem is making arrangements to have the body flown to Europe ... possibly Oslo, Norway.  

The move is significant. TMZ broke the story ... the Santa Monica Police Dept. is investigating Jean for elder abuse ... after one of Casey's daughters filed a complaint alleging Casey developed a fatal infection as a result of Jean taking him on a multi-state car ride to evade the family.

The Santa Monica PD wants a full autopsy ... which so far has not been performed. Casey's kids believe Jean is on the run because she knows if the family finds the body and gets a court order it could be incriminating for her.

We know Casey's kids are scrambling right now in an attempt to keep the body in Canada until they can get a court order. 

James Brady

Death Triggers Homicide Investigation

8/8/2014 3:13 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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The FBI, U.S. Attorney and Washington D.C. PD have opened a homicide investigation into the death of former Reagan Press Secretary James Brady who died this week ... 33 years after he was shot.

It's a weird turn ... John Hinckley Jr. shot Brady and Reagan outside a hotel in 1981, paralyzing the Press Secretary and seriously wounding the President.

Hinckley was found not guilty by reason of insanity, and the legal experts we spoke with say it is NOT a case of double jeopardy. Hinckley was charged with assault with intent to kill when he was tried. Murder is a separate crime. 

Nonetheless ... a D.C. police spokesman confirms with TMZ the 3 agencies are conducting an investigation.

'There's Something About Mary' Actor

Danny Murphy Loses Cancer Battle

8/8/2014 9:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Actor Danny Murphy -- who appeared in comedy classics like "There's Something About Mary" and "Kingpin" -- has died of cancer at the age of 59 ... TMZ has learned.

Danny was famous for his hilarious cameos in Farrelly brothers' movies. Peter Farrelly was a childhood friend, and gave him his first acting role.

Murphy became a quadriplegic in a diving accident when he was 19, and didn't decide to get into acting until much later in life. He was 40 when he got the "Kingpin" role.

Danny's agent Cynthia Kazarian confirms he died in Florida ... where he'd recently moved to do other things outside of acting.

He became an activist for disabled actors, and his theater company, Blue Zone Productions ... was created in 2008 specifically to assist performers with disabilities.

'Texas Chainsaw Massacre'

Original Leatherface:

I Saw Marilyn's Health Deteriorate

8/6/2014 11:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Marilyn Burns Death
Gunnar Hansen -- who terrorized actress Marilyn Burns as Leatherface in the original "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" -- says Burns appeared skinny and frail in recent years ... and appeared to be in declining health before her death. 

Hansen tells TMZ ... he and Burns remained close after the 1974 horror flick, and says her health issues were obvious to him in the last few years. But he adds, they never discussed any specific ailment. 

TMZ broke the story ... the 65-year-old Burns was found dead Tuesday at her home in Houston. An autopsy is being conducted to determine cause of death. 

Hansen -- who continues to act in slasher/horror flicks -- says he spoke to Burns once a month and would visit her at home -- calling her a wonderful woman who was humorous and generous. 

He says he and other actors from the original film -- including Allen Danziger and Ed Neal -- are making arrangements to attend Burns' funeral.


'Texas Chainsaw Massacre'

Marilyn Burns Dies

8/5/2014 6:04 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

The heroine of the original "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" ... Marilyn Burns was found dead today at her home in Texas ... TMZ has learned.

Burns was found by a family member in Houston, according her rep ... who adds they don't know a cause of death yet.

Burns became a cult superstar after the release of the 1974 horror flick. Her character, Sally Hardesty, is the sole survivor of Leatherface's bloody rampage.

Burns also had cameos in the 1994 and 2013 reboots ... but didn't act in a ton of other films. She did have a role in the 1976 TV movie "Helter Skelter."

The Medical Examiner's Office in Houston confirms they have Marilyn's body ... and an autopsy will be performed. 

She was 65 years old.

Michael Johns 911 Call

Emotional Cry

For Help

8/4/2014 6:02 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Former "American Idol" contestant Michael Johns may have been dead for more than an hour before he was discovered ... according to the friend who found him.

TMZ has obtained the dramatic 911 call.  Michael's friend tearfully tells the dispatcher he had left Johns 2 hours before and he seemed ok, but when he returned Michael was motionless ... and not breathing.

The friend tells the dispatcher he fears Michael is dead and says Michael was cold to the touch and it appeared rigor mortis had set in.

 You hear the friend breathlessly perform CPR ... to no avail.

Johns died Friday.  The coroner has not determined the cause of death.  Johns complained he had twisted his ankle and the swelling spread to his knee.  Police were told he had been drinking a significant amount of alcohol although we do not know the time frame.  We don't know if he was on pain meds.

MIchael Johns

Autopsy Does NOT Reveal Cause of Death

8/4/2014 2:47 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Michael Johns Autopsy

The autopsy on former "American Idol" contestant Michael Johns has been completed, but the medical staff at the Orange County Coroner's Office is deferring the cause of death ... pending toxicology results.

TMZ first reported ... Johns had sprained his ankle and the swelling spread up to his knee.  He went to the doctor Thursday ... the day before he died.    We're told he was in great pain.

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... the police were informed Johns had engaged in heavy alcohol use at some point prior to his death.  And we're told he was a heavy drinker.

One law enforcement source tells us ... it would be fairly routine if the doctor who saw Johns on Thursday prescribed pain meds. 

If there was a blood clot, it would appear it was not clearly the cause of death ... or else the case would be closed.  The fact that toxicology tests are being performed suggests the Coroner wants to know if alcohol and/or drugs played a part in Johns' death.

By the way ... there's a condition called deep vain thrombosis -- a blood clot that forms deep in the body. The swelling from Johns ankle to his knee is consistent with the condition, but so far the Coroner has not concluded that was the cause of death.

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