Robin Williams was found dead yesterday in his Tiburon, Calif., home. The 63-year-old comedian and actor’s death appears to be the result of suicide, according to the coroner’s report.
Public figures ranging from President Obama to Jay Leno and the Sesame Street gang have said farewell and paid tribute to the beloved star following the news of his death, according to USA Today.
“[Robin Williams] was one of a kind,” said President Obama in a statement. “He arrived in our lives as an alien – but he ended up touching every element of the human spirit. 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.”
Financial Struggles Marked the Year Leading Up to Robin Williams’ Death
While Robin Williams is most remembered for his star-quality smile and sense of humor, he made no secret of his struggles that included depression and addiction.
Robin Williams was also open about his money problems, which might have contributed to his depression. According to Forbes, Williams took a role on CBS’ “The Crazy Ones” because he needed a steady paycheck. He had also signed on to appear in “Mrs. Doubtfire 2,” a sequel to his 1993 hit film, hoping that it would be the major comedic hit his finances needed.
“The idea of having a steady job is appealing,” Williams said in an interview with Parade. The alternative was to hit the road doing stand-up or work in independent films with minimal pay. Williams even said he was downsizing by selling his Napa ranch, which was valued at $35 million.
The flop and cancellation of his show “The Crazy Ones” was a blow to Williams, according to Radar Online. A source close to Williams told Radar, “All he could talk about were serious money troubles.”
Additionally, Williams struggled with the financial toll that two divorces had taken on his bank account over the years.
“Divorce is expensive,” Williams said to Parade. “I used to joke they were going to call it ‘all the money,’ but they changed it to ‘alimony.’ It’s ripping your heart out through your wallet.”
Robin Williams Remembered for His Generosity
Despite his recent troubles, Robin Williams was known for his generosity. Actress Jessica Chastain posted a Facebook status recognizing Williams’ generosity and personal influence on her.
“Robin Williams changed my life,” Chastain wrote. “He was a great actor and a generous person. Through a scholarship, he made it possible for me to graduate college. His generous spirit will forever inspire me to support others as he supported me. He will forever be missed.”
The scholarship Chastain received was one that Williams awarded to a student at Julliard every two years, reports E! Online.
Robin Williams also left trusts for his three children, according to TMZ, which were set up independent of his death.
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