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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.

Robin Williams


Ashes Scattered At Sea

8/20/2014 6:08 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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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."

Williams committed suicide August 11th ... after hanging himself with a belt at his home in Tiburon, CA. As we reported, he had been severely depressed.

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.

Don Pardo

Legendary 'SNL' Announcer Dies at 96

8/18/2014 9:43 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Don Pardo -- the man who famously announced "It's Saturday Night Live!" starting from the very first episode of "SNL" in 1975 -- passed away Monday night at the age of 96 ... NBC officials confirm.

Pardo reportedly died in his sleep in Tucson, AZ.

The man with the booming voice was hand-picked for the "SNL" job by creator Lorne Michaels -- and was featured on 38 of the 39 seasons (he missed season 7). He also missed 2 eps in 2013 after suffering a broken hip.

But like the champ he was ... Pardo got back to work after healing up and continued to serve as "SNL" announcer when the show resumed in September 2013. He worked all the way up until the "SNL" season finale back in May.

Pardo had been working with NBC since 1944 ... and provided voice work on everything from baseball games to newscasts and even gameshows -- spending 7 years on "The Price is Right" starting in 1956.

After that gig, Pardo spent 11 seasons on "Jeopardy" ... back when Art Fleming hosted the show.

Long story short ... the guy was a pioneer in almost every facet of television.

Former "SNL" writer John Mulaney tweeted moments ago ... saying, "Goodbye Don Pardo. You worked from World War II until this May. You were cool as hell. I'm very lucky I got to talk to you those few times."

Dane Cook also posted a message about Pardo -- saying, "I always wanted to host SNL and it was a lifelong mission. When I got it and got to NYC I had 1 must. Get a photo with the great Don Pardo. His voice set the tone of the show and hearing him usher in each host with his booming hijinx-y role call was in my dreams but saying my name finally. My dream came true. Thank you sir for spending time chatting and introducing me to America on that special Saturday night."



Robin Williams

Suicide Was 'Spontaneous'

NOT Premeditated

8/18/2014 12:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Robin Williams Suicide
Robin Williams
did not plan his suicide ... in fact, hours before he hanged himself he was making plans for upcoming projects.

A confidante of Robin's who spoke with him the day before his body was discovered tells TMZ ... they had a fairly lengthy discussion about several deals in the works and Robin was "completely engaged in the conversation."  

The source says Robin was asking lots of questions about the deals ... inconsistent with someone who planned on killing himself.

The confidante says there was nothing out of the ordinary during the conversation ... saying "He [Robin] was unhappy which he often was, but it was nothing unusual."  As for why Robin was unhappy, the source says Robin, like lots of other comedians, "lived in a dark place." 

We're also told no one in Robin's life -- including his wife or personal assistant -- had any idea suicide was looming. 

We're told the family believes whatever set Robin off on his fatal path occurred shortly before he cut, then hanged himself. 


Casey Kasem

Scandinavian Burial

Won't Free Widow of Criminal Charges

8/18/2014 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF


Casey Kasem'
s widow is NOT off the hook just because she's thwarting the efforts of cops to get a full autopsy ... to determine if she committed elder abuse ... because we've learned cops are confident they have the goods to nail her.

We've confirmed Jean Kasem is moving Casey's body from Montreal to Oslo, Norway, where Casey's body will be buried.  

TMZ broke the story ... the Santa Monica Police Dept. is investigating Jean ... because they say they have evidence she compromised his health by taking him on a wild, multi-state ride to evade the rest of her family ... causing him to get an infection that contributed to his death.

Law enforcement sources now tell TMZ ... although they'd like to have a full autopsy, detectives believe they have enough evidence to present the case to prosecutors. They've interviewed doctors and others who examined Casey during the car ride ... and cops say it's incriminating stuff.

We're told the case will be submitted to the L.A. County D.A. ... soon.


Robin Williams

'Crazy Ones' Cancellation Devastating

'A Personal Failure'

8/16/2014 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

 Robin Williams The Crazy Ones Cancelled
Robin Williams was "devastated' when his TV show, "The Crazy Ones," was cancelled ... sending him into a deep depression that ultimately led to his suicide. 

Sources who frequently interacted with Williams during the last month of his life tell TMZ ... Williams viewed the cancellation as a "personal failure."  As Williams put it to one person just before the show debuted, "My face is all over town [on billboards] and it's all on my back."

We're told the cancellation after only 1 season sent Robin into a tailspin -- as one person said, "It hit him hard" -- and that's why he entered the Hazelden Addiction Treatment Center last month -- not for substance abuse, but for depression.

To make matters worse, we're told Robin was increasingly depressed that he was older and good roles for him were few and far between.  He would talk about Robert De Niro, saying even he was having a hard time.

Our sources say Parkinson's disease wasn't nearly as significant a factor in his depression as "The Crazy Ones."  We're told Robin knew he had the disease for 5 months.  

One confidant tells us, "Robin was told by doctors the medications were so great he wouldn't even start to show symptoms for 6 or 7 years."

Robin Williams

Money Complaints

Typical 'Divorce Jokes'

8/15/2014 2:03 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF


Robin Williams did not have money trouble and money had no connection to his depression ... although he DID complain about being taken to the cleaners "the way most divorced husbands do" ... so says a person who frequently discussed finances with the actor.

The source -- who was in regular contact with Robin -- tells us he was not cash strapped and lived "the way he wanted to," adding, "He always flew first class, took great vacations and lived in the house he loved." 

As for why he was selling his Napa ranch, we're told he just didn't like going there anymore. The source says the ranch was "a thing" for Robin and his second wife, Marsha, and he just didn't enjoy going there any longer. 

The source says Robin did complain over the years about "getting taken to the cleaners by his ex-wives."

Multiple sources tell us ... money had nothing to do with the depression that ultimately led to Robin's suicide.

Jay Adams

Dies of Heart Attack

8/15/2014 10:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Jay Adams
-- a legendary skater who was portrayed by Emile Hirsch in "Lords of Dogtown" -- has died of a heart attack ... TMZ has learned

Sources connected with the skater tell TMZ ... he died late Thursday of an apparent heart attack in Mexico.

We're told Adams was there with his wife and the 2 were on a long surfing holiday.  They had been there for 3 months.

Family sources tell us ... the 53-year-old has been sober for months and had no history of heart problems.

This was the first time in 20 years Adams was allowed to leave the U.S.  He had been in and out of jail since the '80s on various felony drug charges.


Robin Williams

Parkinson's a Factor in Suicide

But NOT the Cause

8/15/2014 9:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Robin Williams Depression

Robin Williams' Parkinson's diagnosis had an impact on his depressed state ... on both a psychological and physiological level -- but it's NOT why he committed suicide ... multiple sources connected to the family tell TMZ.

We're told ... Robin was struggling emotionally with the diagnosis ... like anyone would. Our sources say Parkinson's was NOT the reason for his depression ... something Robin lived with for years. But we're told the Parkinson's news "exacerbated" his depressed state of mind.

We're also told doctors were treating Robin with meds to slow the progression of the disease down, and the cocktail -- which was a work in progress to get right -- also had a negative impact on his emotional state.

And doctors believe Parkinson's itself physiologically triggers depression in people.

But our sources make it clear ... the diagnosis of Parkinson's did NOT trigger Robin's suicide.  It was the result of chronic, intense depression that dogged the actor for much of his life.


Robin Williams

Fans Want Actor

Memorialized in 'Zelda' Video Game

8/15/2014 6:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

081514_robin_williams_zelda_ad_launchRobin Williams could be memorialized in a video game that was so near and dear to him ... he named his daughter after it.

Legions of Williams fans have started an online petition to have a character in the "Legend of Zelda" game named after him.

Williams was famous for his love of video games, especially "Zelda." Not only did he name his daughter Zelda after the character ... the two even appeared in commercials for the game.

Now a petition has sprung up on to have the next incarnation of the game feature a character named Robin. "He won't get to play it, but he'll live on forever in a universe he always loved" ... so the petition reads. 

77,000 fans have signed on ... so far.


Gilbert Gottfried

My Favorite Robin Williams

Moment Was ...

8/15/2014 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Gilbert Gottfried Robin Williams Death
Gilbert Gottfried has a favorite Robin Williams comedic moment that involves Nazis, Jews and the Holocaust. 

We didn't know this ... but Gilbert tells us he and Robin never saw each other when they shot "Aladdin."

But the best part of the video ... Gilbert's favorite Robin Williams one liner.  


Robin Williams

Early Stages of Parkinson's Disease

8/14/2014 11:21 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Robin Williams' wife says he was in the early stages of Parkinson's disease at the time of his death -- but she says he wanted to keep that battle under wraps.

Susan Schneider just released a statement, saying ... "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."

Susan does not draw a connection between the Parkinson's and Robin's suicide.

She added, "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.”

Robin Williams

Talked Suicide

Wrist Cutting, Choking

8/14/2014 8:08 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Robin Williams Suicide

Robin Williams once talked about how he thought about committing suicide while struggling with addiction ... and it's chilling to hear him explain how he talked himself out of it.

Williams was on Marc Maron's WTF Podcast in 2010. The 2 talk about death -- Robin had just undergone a serious heart operation -- and he launches into a monologue about a struggle he had when he seriously thought about ending his life.

One of the eeriest parts of the interview ... when he talks about cutting his wrists.  As you know Robin cut his wrist before hanging himself.  And, during the interview, he makes an oblique reference to choking.

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