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Fare Thee Well: Celebrities Who Passed On In 2014

December 26th, 2014 6:01pm EST
Philip Seymour Hoffman
It's that time again when we remember those celebrities we've lost throughout the year, and, unfortunately, 2014 was one year that we're looking forward to putting behind us.

The entertainment world lost a number of huge stars, ranging from legendary folks in the twilight of their lives, such as Sir Richard Attenborough, who passed away just days before his 91st birthday; Lauren Bacall, who died a month before her 90th; and prolific 99-year-old star Eli Wallach.

There was also controversy, like in the malpractice-related death of comedienne Joan Rivers and iconic Top 40 radio deejay Casey...
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Ten Surprising Celebrity Deaths Of 2014

December 9th, 2014 6:59pm EST
10 Surprising Celebrity Deaths Of 2014
Year-end death lists usually include older stars who've lived long, fulfilling lives. People aren't usually too upset to see them go to the great big beyond. But when a star fades too early, particularly under unsettling circumstances, his or her passing can be shocking.

It was well known that Robin Williams battled substance abuse and depression and had been to rehab several times for drug addiction and alcoholism. Still, his death was shocking -- particularly the circumstances. Williams killed himself on Aug. 11. Following his passing, it was revealed that the comedian battled depression...
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Details From Robin Williams' Will Released

November 12th, 2014 12:13pm EST
Robin Williams Leaves $50 Million Estate To His Children, Wife S
Robin Williams left his $50 million estate to his three adult children. The actor/comedian took his own life in August.

Williams' final wishes have been released after documents were filed in Marin County court in California this week. The actor set up the Robin Williams Trust on Jan. 31, 2011, and listed the beneficiaries as Zachary, Zelda and Cody, his three children from his first two marriages.

His third wife, Susan Schneider, will receive financial report from a prenuptial agreement the pair signed prior to their 2011 wedding, according to the U.K.'s Daily Mail.

Earlier this week, t...
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Was Robin Williams Suicide Brought On By Hallucinations?

November 11th, 2014 1:00pm EST
Robin Williams Suicide Triggered By Hallucinations
New reports have surfaced that comedian Robin Williams' suicide was triggered by hallucinations brought on by the medication he was taking to offset the effects of his Parkinson's disease.

Williams took his own life on August 11.

A new report obtained by TMZ states that Williams was suffering from Lewy Body Dementia.

Lewy Body Dementia is marked by abnormal protein deposits in the brain that disrupt normal brain function.

Reportedly, this type of dementia is associated with Parkinson's disease and can be brought to the surface by the use of medication to control parkinsons.

Upon Willia...
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Coroner Releases Details About Robin Williams' Death

November 8th, 2014 8:19am EST
Robin William's Death Officially Ruled A Suicide
A coroner has confirmed that Robin Williams committed suicide. The coroner in Marin County, California, released his findings on Friday, and revealed neither alcohol nor illegal drugs were involved in the actor/comedian's death.

Williams was found dead in his Northern California home on August 11. It appeared that he hanged himself on a bedroom door.

However, the coroner found prescription drugs in "therapeutic concentrations" in his body, but ruled they were not responsible for his death, according to TMZ.com.

When authorities found Williams' body they noticed a bottle of Seroquel, a...
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Celeb A-Listers Turn Out For Robin Williams Memorial

September 29th, 2014 10:38am EDT
Celeb A-Listers Turn Out For Robin Williams Memorial
Robin Williams was honored with a private tribute held at the Curran Theater in San Francisco, CA Saturday. Famous friends as well as family celebrated the iconic actor's life in a service that was more celebratory than solemn.

The tribute was a private affair, but included notables such as Whoppi Goldberg, Bobcat Goldthwait, Billy Crystal, Bonnie Hunt and Eric Idle. Also present were Bette Midler, Ben Stiller, Christine Taylor, George Lucas, Penny Marshall, Danny De Vito, Rhea Perlman, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Gus Van Sant, Chris Columbus, Jeff Bridges, Minnie Driver, Marlo Thomas, Josh Gro...
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20 Celebrity Lushes

September 23rd, 2014 1:15pm EDT
20 Celebrity Lushes
Celebrities are like regular people in that they occasionally overindulge in things they should consume in moderation.

But too many stars have battled drug addiction and alcoholism, and although many are currently sober, some still struggle to stay clean.

Lindsay Lohan, who charmed audiences with films such as "The Parent Trap," "Freaky Friday" and "Herbie Fully Loaded," has been to rehab six times to battle her addictions.

She told Oprah Winfrey in 2013: "(Alcohol) in the past was the gateway to other things, for me... I tried cocaine with alcohol... It allowed me to drink more. I think...
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Billy Crystal Makes Touching Tribute To Robin Williams At Emmy Awards

August 26th, 2014 4:34pm EDT
Billy Crystal Makes Touching Tribute To Robin Williams At Emmy A
Billy Crystal hailed fellow actor/comedian Robin Williams as a comedic "genius" in a touching tribute at the Emmy Awards on Monday at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles.

Williams, 63, committed suicide at his California home on August 11, and his close friend Crystal was tasked with leading the tribute to Williams during the annual TV awards show.

Following the end of the traditional In Memorium segment, which was accompanied by Sara Bareilles singing a rendition of Nat King Cole classic "Smile," Crystal told the audience how he used to struggle to keep up with Williams' quick wit and ener...
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Rumor Patrol: Billy Crystal Too Overwhelmed To Pay Tribute To Robin Williams, Swift And Mayer Dating Again: More!

August 23rd, 2014 10:00am EDT
Rumor Patrol: Billy Crystal Too Overwhelmed To Pay Tribute To Ro
You can't go one week without hearing a ridiculous story involving some of your favorite celebrities. Thankfully, the Starpulse Rumor Patrol is here to sort out what's real and what's fake!

Billy Crystal Too Overwhelmed To Honor Robin Williams At Emmy Awards: The longtime pals shared many memories together, hosting Comic Relief, alongside Whoopi Goldberg, beginning in 1986. Crystal and Goldberg initially did not make comments regarding Williams' sudden death, as they were too grief stricken to reveal their deep feelings about their good friend. Crystal later released a short statement, "No...
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Henry Rollins Bashes Robin Williams & Others Who Commit Suicide

August 22nd, 2014 12:43pm EDT
Henry Rollins Bashes Robin Williams & Others Who Commit Suicide
In the wake of Robin Williams' death, former Black Flag frontman Henry Rollins has written an essay in which he says the actor's decision to commit suicide while he battled depression was "awful, traumatic and confusing."

In the new L.A. Weekly newspaper article, Rollins criticizes Williams and other people who kill themselves each year. The essay is titled "F**k Suicide."

He states, "Almost 40,000 people a year kill themselves in America, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In my opinion, that is 40,000 people who blew it."

Although he never met the comedian, Ro...
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Robin Williams Was Cremated & His Ashes Were Scattered At Sea

August 21st, 2014 8:24am EDT
Robin Williams
Robin Williams' family cremated the actor and scattered his ashes in San Francisco Bay. TMZ.com obtained his official death certificate, which was issued in Marin County where the actor died.

The document does not reveal the official cause of death. It reads "pending investigation." The coroner is still waiting for the results from toxicology tests.

Williams killed himself on Aug. 11. His publicist and wife later revealed the star had been severely depressed and had recently been diagnosed with early stage Parkinson's Disease.

Fellow actor and comedian Billy Crystal will lead a tribute h...
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A Proper Send Off

August 20th, 2014 7:24pm EDT
Billy Crystal To Lead Emmys Tribute To Robin Williams
Comedian Billy Crystal will lead a tribute honoring his late friend Robin Williams during Monday night's Emmy Awards.

Emmys producer Don Mischer told E! Online, "We felt we needed to do something powerful and memorable. Billy seemed like the perfect choice."

Mischer said in a statement last week: "Plans for the In Memoriam segment are in discussion. While we are all still coming to terms with this week's tragic news, we are working to give Robin Williams the proper and meaningful remembrance he so well deserves."

Crystal and Williams co-starred in the 1997 film "Father's Day" and collabo...
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David Letterman Honors Robin Williams With Touching Tribute

August 19th, 2014 4:50pm EDT
Robin Williams and David Letterman
David Letterman paid tribute to late friend Robin Williams on Monday night's show, telling stories about when the two first met 38-years ago at the Comedy Store in Los Angeles.

Letterman had yet to acknowledge his friend's passing as The Late Show was on hiatus last week, and upon his return to the airwaves he spoke for just over eight minutes about last week's shocking news that Williams had passed and reflect on Williams' rise to fame before airing a two-minute tribute video of clips from the star's appearances on his show.

Letterman compared himself and fellow comedians like Jay Leno a...
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Robin Williams' Last Good Deed

August 18th, 2014 9:17pm EDT
Robin Williams
Robin Williams was thinking about other people's struggles while battling his own issues prior to his death last week. The actor recorded a message of support for a woman in New Zealand who was dying of cancer.

The video shows Williams saying, "Hi Vivian, it's Robin Williams here saying, 'Hey girl, what's going on down there in New Zealand?' I'm sending all my love to you... Knock this off your bucket list. Much love to you, baby."

Vivian Waller is suffering from lung, bowel and liver cancer. Her friends contacted Williams, informing him that meeting the actor was on her "bucket" list.

T...
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Robin Williams Was 'More Than A Comedian'

August 17th, 2014 9:00am EDT
Robin Williams
Robin Williams brought joy and light to millions but struggled with a darkness that may have led to his death at the age of 63. In a special 12-page cover story in this week's issue of PEOPLE, friends remember a comic virtuoso who, according to Mork & Mindy director Gary Marshall, "could make everybody happy but himself."

Marshall recalled walking on the Paramount set with Williams late at night, talking.

"Robin always had more energy than any person anywhere, in any room," he tells PEOPLE. "I said to him that night, 'Do you think we will ever grow up?' and he said, without missing a beat...
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The Real Reason Robin Williams Went To Rehab

August 16th, 2014 8:44pm EDT
Robin Williams
Robin Williams' tragic suicide may have been the result of his sitcom "The Crazy Ones" being canceled after just one season.

Sources close to the star says that he entered the Hazelden Addiction Treatment Center in Minnesota early last month because of his battle with depression, not for alcohol or substance abuse.

According to TMZ, Williams was "devastated" over the show's cancellation and he considered it as a "personal failure."

"My face is all over town [on billboards] and it's all on my back," he reportedly told an insider.

Williams was also reportedly depressed at the lack of good...
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Rumor Patrol: Robin Williams Battled Parkinson's, Jennifer Aniston Getting Plastic Surgery & More

August 16th, 2014 7:45am EDT
Rumor Patrol: Robin Williams Battled Parkinson's, Jennifer Anist
You can't go one week without hearing a ridiculous story involving some of your favorite celebrities. Thankfully, the Starpulse Rumor Patrol is here to sort out what's real and what's fake.

Robin Williams Battled Parkinsons Before Death: Williams' wife, Susan Schneider revealed in a statement that the actor/comedian was battling Parkinson's Disease prior to his tragic death earlier this week. In a statement sent to the news media on Thursday, Schneider explains that the star's sobriety was "intact" at the time of his death, calling him "brave" as he battled depression and anxiety.

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Robin Williams To Be Immortalized In At Least One Video Game

August 15th, 2014 7:33pm EDT
World of Warcraft
Late movie star Robin Williams was a big fan of playing video games -- so big, in fact, that he named daughter Zelda after the popular Nintendo game -- and now he'll be immortalized as a "non-player character" (NPC) in at least one upcoming series.

Fans of the actor petitioned to have a character added to popular online gaming series "World of Warcraft" on Change.org, and the game's producer, Blizzard Entertainment, answered their call.

Ion Hazzikosta, the lead designer for "World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor," announced that a character honoring the comedian, who died earlier this we...
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Michael J. Fox 'Stunned' To Learn Robin Williams Had Parkinson's

August 15th, 2014 9:29am EDT
Michael J. Fox 'Stunned' To Learn Robin Williams Had Parkinson's
Michael J. Fox had no idea his friend Robin Williams was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease prior to his death from an apparent suicide on Monday.

The funnyman's passing prompted speculation about his state of mind and whether addiction or money problems contributed to his suicide.

Williams' publicist stated that he was not in financial straits, and his wife Susan Schneider revealed on Thursday that he was sober at the time of his death but was coming to terms with a recent Parkinson's Disease diagnosis.

Fox, who has been battling the condition since the early 1990s, wrote on Twitter: ...
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Celebs Honor Robin Williams & Lauren Bacall At Charity Dinner In Beverly Hills

August 15th, 2014 8:36am EDT
Celebs Honor Robin Williams & Lauren Bacall At Charity Dinner In
Several celebrities attended the the Grants Banquet at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif., on Thursday night and honored late Hollywood icons Robin Williams and Lauren Bacall.

Morgan Freeman, Robert Pattinson and Channing Tatum were among those who attended the event.

Kristen Bell ("Veronica Mars," "Frozen") posted on Twitter: "Kudos to #HFPA #hfpaGrantBanquet this eve for honoring Robin Williams and Lauren Bacall w/a moment of not silence but applause."

Kerry Washington, Chris Evans, Jason Segel, Eddie Redmayne, James Marsden and Sofia Vergara also attended the event, w...
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Robin Williams Had Incurable Disease

August 14th, 2014 6:11pm EDT
Robin Williams' Wife Reveals He Was In The Early Stages Of Parki
Robin Williams was suffering from the early stages of Parkinson's disease prior to his death, according to his wife Susan Schneider.

The actor died from an apparent suicide on Monday, and his wife insists that neither addiction nor money problems were responsible for his passing.

She said in a statement: "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 s...
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Disney's Touching Tribute To Robin Williams

August 14th, 2014 12:33am EDT
Disney's Robin Williams Tribute
Eric Goldberg, the supervising animator of the Genie played by actor Robin Williams in Disney's Aladdin, created a touching tribute to the late star, who died earlier this week.

Goldberg drew an image of the Genie's head made of stars looking down and smiling over his magic lamp and a desert oasis.

The company used the image to pay tribute to Williams, and a statement from chairman Robert Iger reads:

"We're deeply saddened by the loss of Robin Williams, a wonderfully gifted man who touched our hearts and never failed to make us laugh. An incredible actor and a comedic genius, Robin wil...
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Robin Williams' Daughter Zelda Quits Twitter After Receiving Hurtful Messages

August 13th, 2014 4:00pm EDT
Robin Williams' Daughter Zelda Quits Twitter After Receiving Hur
Since her beloved father Robin Williams passed away on Monday, Zelda Williams has been dealing with some unwanted attention online.

Following the actor's untimely death from "asphyxia due to hanging," Zelda, 25, thanked fans for their outpouring of support; however, she also received some disturbing images and messages about her father.

Zelda, who is Williams' daughter from his second wife Marsha Garces, posted on Instagram on Tuesday: "I will be leaving this account for a bit while I heal and decide if I'll be deleting it or not. In this difficult time, please try to be respectful of the...
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Late Night Tributes To Robin Williams

August 13th, 2014 1:00pm EDT
Robin Williams
Late night hosts Jimmy Fallon and Conan O'Brien paid tribute to the late Robin Williams, who inspired them and appeared on their shows several times to entertain their audiences with his unique brand of comedy.

After Conan had the unfortunate task of announcing Robin's death two nights ago to a shocked audience, he and Andy Richter discussed their time with the comedian. Conan shared the story of receiving a ridiculous bike as a gift from Robin, who later asked him, "Do you really look stupid riding it?" After Conan replied, "Yeah, I’m gonna look really stupid," the comedian said, "Well th...
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Allison Williams Shares Video Of Her First Flying Lesson For 'Peter Pan'!

August 13th, 2014 11:38am EDT
Allison Williams Takes Her First Flying Lesson For 'Peter Pan,'
Allison Williams began her training to take on the title role in NBC's live production of Peter Pan this fall on Tuesday, posting a short video of herself harnessed up and learning how to fly.

The Girls star joined Instagram on July 30, posting an image of herself as a child dressed as Pan, writing "Thrilled to be playing Peter Pan live on NBC in December. I've been rehearsing for a REALLY long time."

The actress even had a boost from her dad, NBC news anchor Brian Williams, who shared the news nationally, saying, "family members confirm she's been rehearsing for this role since the age o...
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Robin Williams' Cause Of Death Announced In Press Conference

August 13th, 2014 10:45am EDT
Robin Williams
The Marin county, Calif., Assistant Chief Deputy Coroner announced on Tuesday that Robin Williams' death shows all the signs of a suicide and his official cause of death has been listed as "asphyxia due to hanging."

The prolific actor's body was found by his assistant in a room at his Tiburon, Calif., home Monday morning, where he was pronounced dead at the scene. Williams was found hanging by a belt he had closed in a closet door and was in a "seated position," according to Liutenant Keith Boyd.

"Mr. Williams' personal assistant became concerned at approximately 11:45am (Monday) when he ...
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A Life Left Unfinished: The 10 Best Robin Williams Films Of All Time

August 13th, 2014 4:45am EDT
A Life Left Unfinished: The 10 Best Robin Williams Films Of All
The untimely passing of comedy genius Robin Williams led film fans to ponder just what a true gift to the industry he was. Williams made his living making people laugh, think and feel; three things that were at times so intricately intertwined that as a viewer, you didn't know you were experiencing these emotions until your viewing experience was over. Robin Williams brought joy to the world of film and some of his best works were not only good for a chuckle but good for the heart as well. Here are the 10 best Robin Williams films, in memory of a life left unfinished.

1. Good Will Hun...
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Conan O'Brien Shaken By Death Of Robin Williams

August 13th, 2014 12:07am EDT
Conan O'Brien Visibly Stunned As He Breaks News Of Robin William
Conan O'Brien ended his show on Monday night by sharing the news of actor Robin Williams' passing with his studio audience, co-host Andy Richter and guest Will Arnett.

The host learned the news during the taping of the show, which is done hours before it airs, and was visibly shocked by the sad news, feeling obligated to make the announcement to the crowd.

"This is unusual and upsetting," the host began, "but we got some news... during the show that Robin Williams... that Robin Williams has passed away...

"We tape these shows a few hours early," the host added, "and by the time you see t...
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Four Robin Williams Films Still Set For Release

August 12th, 2014 6:09pm EDT
Four Robin Williams Films Still Set For Release
Fans will still be able to enjoy a few more of Robin Williams' films despite his untimely death at 63 on Monday. Four projects starring the actor/comedian are slated to hit the big screen later this year and next.

The indie family comedy "Merry Friggin' Christmas" centers on Boyd Mitchler (Joel McHale) and his family, who must spend Christmas with his estranged family of misfits. After Mitch discovers that he left his son's gifts at home, he and his father (Williams) attempt to make the eight-hour round trip before Christmas Day.

Williams also reprises his role as Teddy Roosevelt in "Nig...
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Legendary Robin Williams Story

August 12th, 2014 11:58am EDT
Norm MacDonald Shares Legendary Robin Williams Story, Celebritie
Millions of people are sharing their fond memories of the late Robin Williams, who tragically passed away yesterday. Among those paying tribute was Norm MacDonald, who told an almost-unbelievable tale involving Robin.

In a series of tweets, each punctuated with "#RIPRobinWilliams," MacDonald told the story of his first time on David Letterman's show. Robin Williams was also on the show that night, which only made Norm's anxiety worse.

It was my first stand-up appearance on Letterman and I had to follow the funniest man in the world. #RIPRobinWilliams

— Norm Macdonald (@normmacdonald) ...
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