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“Frozen” Special Set to Air on ABC

“Frozen” Special Set to Air on ABC

Buena Vista(NEW YORK) — ABC is planning to air a one-hour special titled, The Story of Frozen: Making a Disney Animated Classic, on Tuesday, Sept. 2.The one-hour special will feature interviews with Frozen stars Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel as well directors Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee, and songwriters Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez.Fans will also be treated to a sneak peek at the next chapter of Frozen as well as preview footage of Frozen characters Anna, Elsa and Kristoff on an upcoming episode of the ABC series, Once Upon A Time.The Frozen special will also provide a sneak peek at Disney’s next animated film, Big Hero 6.  It opens nationwide Nov. 7.Disney is the parent company of ABC.
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“Star Trek” Actress Arlene Martel Dead at 78

“Star Trek” Actress Arlene Martel Dead at 78

CBS via Getty Images(SANTA MONICA, Calif.) — Actress Arlene Martel, who played the prospective bride of Leonard Nimoy’s Mr. Spock in a classic episode of Star Trek, has died at 78.Martel died Tuesday from complications of a heart attack at St. John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, her son, Jod Kaftan told The Hollywood Reporter.A native of the Bronx who was frequently billed as Arline Sax, her birth name, Martel was an exotic beauty who often played diverse nationalities and ethnicities.  She appeared on several episodes of The Twilight Zone, Hogan’s Heroes and Bewitched, as well as on Columbo, The Untouchables, The Man from U.N.C.L.E. and My Favorite Martian, among others.Martel is best known, however, for playing T’Pring, the Vulcan woman Spock was to marry on the famous Star Trek episode “Amok Time.” That’s the episode in which Spock returns to Vulcan for a mating ritual. While there, he and Captain Kirk are forced to fight to the death and, while Spock wins the battle, he’s crushed that he’s killed his captain.  He then actually displays emotion — joy, to be specific — when he learns that Kirk is still alive.Martel’s movie credits include 1961′s Hong Kong, 1964′s The Glass Cage and the 1968 flick Angels From Hell, in which she played a biker chick. More recently, she portrayed a choir singer in the 2002 film A Walk to Remember.
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Allison Williams Starts Flying Lessons to Portray Peter Pan in NBC’s Live Musical

Allison Williams Starts Flying Lessons to Portray Peter Pan in NBC’s Live Musical

Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Allison Williams has started her transformation into becoming Peter Pan for NBC’s upcoming live musical production.People magazine reports the Girls star has begun rehearsals for Peter Pan Live!, which NBC will air on Dec. 4.”First day of flying lessons for Peter Pan,” Williams said in a statement. “Thinking about and missing a hero of mine who once did this and left big shoes to fill.”Williams was referring to Robin Williams, who portrayed Peter Pan in the 1991 film, Hook. The comedian was found dead Monday.Williams, who is the daughter of NBC News anchor Brian Williams, will star opposite Christopher Walken, who is portraying Captain Hook.Peter Pan Live! is NBC’s follow-up to its hit production of The Sound of Music, which starred Carrie Underwood.
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Sheriff’s Official Defends Release of Information Regarding Robin Williams’ Death

Sheriff’s Official Defends Release of Information Regarding Robin Williams’ Death

ABC/Randy Holmes(MARIN COUNTY, Calif.) — Sheriff’s officials in Marin County, California, who on Tuesday detailed the manner in which Robin Williams apparently committed suicide, are defending their decision to release the information to the public.Marin County Sheriff’s Lieutenant Keith Boyd says in a statement to E! News that the sheriff’s office understands that such information can be disturbing to some, but under California law it is not permitted to deny access to it.He adds, “Frankly, it would have been our personal preference to withhold a lot of what we disclosed to the press [Tuesday], but the California Public Records Act does not give us that kind of latitude. For the same reasons, we will likely be required to release to the media the 911 phone call we received from Mr. Williams’ residence and the fire dispatch tapes that resulted as well.”During a press conference on Tuesday, Boyd detailed how Williams hanged himself. The actor and comedian was 63 years old.E! News is reporting that a private memorial is planned for Williams in the San Francisco Bay Area.
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Michael Cera Releases New, Surprise Album

Michael Cera Releases New, Surprise Album

VALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) –  Surprise, Michael Cera fans!The actor has released a new album, True That, on his Bandcamp website.Cera, 26, is charging $7 for the complete album, which comes with three bonus tracks. Among the 18 tracks listed on his website are “uhohtrouble,” “What Gives (… I Can’t Live Like This),” “Gershy’s Kiss,” “Humdrummin’,” “OhNadine (You Were In My Dream)” and “Sexy Nature.” He tagged the album with the following words: “alternative dirty hello home recording modest music New York.”Diehard fans know that Cera has made music before. Entertainment Weekly pointed out that he not only sang and played the mandolin on Weezer’s song, “Hang On,” but he also performed “Anyone Else But You” with Ellen Page in their film, Juno.
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Daniel Radcliffe Reveals One Thing About Harry Potter That No One Else Knows

Daniel Radcliffe Reveals One Thing About Harry Potter That No One Else Knows

ABC/Randy Holmes(NEW YORK) –  J.K. Rowling may carefully protect the hidden secrets of her Harry Potter series, but it seems she has less control over the actor who played him.In a recent webcast for Vogue in which the magazine gave Daniel Radcliffe a 73-question quiz, he revealed the one thing he has learned about the boy wizard “that no one else knows.”According to Radcliffe, who stars this month in What If, Potter had perfect vision. Like so many bespectacled Brooklynites before him, Potter “didn’t really need glasses.””That was just a fashion statement,” whispered Radcliffe, 25.During the sprawling interview, he divulged that he would title his autobiography “Bring on the Empty Broomsticks,” once waxed an unprintable part of his body for a role, and would have killed to star in Guys and Dolls.But while the interview offers viewers a wealth of information about the young actor, we’ve gathered that the most important takeaway from the video is relevant not as much to fans at home or musical enthusiasts in Hollywood as it is to his girlfriend, Erin Darke.Based on our careful analysis of his candid responses, we have concluded that Radcliffe’s ideal romantic evening involves sharing a plate of poutine over which he and his date wittily praise his bad poetry while they play ping-pong and watch Airplane.We hope Darke, whom the star met in 2012 on the set of Kill Your Darlings, knows how to multitask.
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Robin Williams’ Daughter Quits Social Media After Bullying

Robin Williams’ Daughter Quits Social Media After Bullying

Jason Merritt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Robin Williams’ daughter is taking a break from social media in the wake of her father’s death.  Actress Zelda Williams, 25, says she’s stepping away after being subjected to what she calls “cruel and unnecessary” comments.
The longest message is on Williams’ Instagram account.  Accompanied by a photo of a black and yellow Butterfly, Zelda writes, “I will be leaving this account for a bit while I heal and decide if I’ll be deleting it or not.”
Zelda goes on to explain, “In this difficult time, please try to be respectful of the accounts of myself, my family and my friends.  Mining our accounts for photos of dad, or judging me on the number of them is cruel and unnecessary. There are a couple throughout, but the real private moments I shared with him were precious, quiet, and believe it or not, not full of photos or ‘selfies’. I shared him with a world where everyone was taking their photo with him, but I was lucky enough to spend time with him without cameras too. That was more than enough, and I’m grateful for what little time I had.”
She concludes, “My favorite photos of family are framed in my house, not posted on social media, and they’ll remain there. They would’ve wound up on the news or blogs then, and they certainly would now. That’s not what I want for our memories together. Thank you for your respect and understanding in this difficult time. Goodbye. Xo.”
On Twitter, where of course individual messages are limited to 140 characters, Zelda wrote, “I’m sorry. I should’ve risen above. Deleting this from my devices for a good long time, maybe forever. Time will tell. Goodbye.”
Zelda Williams is the daughter of Williams and his second wife, Marsha Garces.  Robin Williams died Monday of apparent suicide at the age of 63.
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“Dancing With the Stars” 2014: Season 19 Pro Dancers Announced

“Dancing With the Stars” 2014: Season 19 Pro Dancers Announced

Craig Sjodin/ABC(NEW YORK) — Get ready to rumba!Beloved pros Mark Ballas, Derek Hough, Cheryl Burke, Val Chmerkovskiy, Karina Smirnoff and Tony Dovolani are returning to the dance floor for the new season of ABC’s Dancing With the Stars.The countdown to season 19 of the hit ABC show on Sept. 15 is officially on. And as buzz builds about who could be part of the celebrity cast, the lineup of 12 professional dancers was announced Wednesday exclusively on Good Morning America.Fan favorite Derek Hough, the only five-time champion in the history of DWTS, is also back for season 19. Returning pros Peta Murgatroyd, Emma Slater, and Witney Carson will also lace up their dancing shoes this season.Three newbies will join the season 19 pro ranks: Artem Chigvintsev, Keoikantse “Keo” Motsepe and Allison Holker.Missing from this year’s pro line-up is champ Maksim Chmerkovskiy, the season 18 winner with Olympian Meryl Davis. Chmerkovskiy, 34, said last month he’d be retiring as a DWTS performer.Fans will have to wait until Sept. 4 to find out who the celebrity competitors will be. The cast will be revealed live on GMA. Until then, which celebrities do you think could be paired up with these professional dancers?The two-hour premiere of Dancing With the Stars airs Monday, Sept. 15 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.See the full list of season 19 pros below:

Mark Ballas
Cheryl Burke
Witney Carson
Artem Chigvintsev
Val Chmerkovskiy
Tony Dovolani
Allison Holker
Derek Hough
Emma Slater
Karina Smirnoff
Keoikantse Motsepe
Peta Murgatroyd

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Screen Legend Lauren Bacall Dead at 89

Screen Legend Lauren Bacall Dead at 89

ROBYN BECK/AFP/GettyImages(NEW YORK) — Lauren Bacall, the legendary actress and former wife of Humphrey Bogart, died Tuesday in New York City, ABC News has confirmed. She was 89 years old.Bogart’s estate tweeted the news Tuesday evening, writing, “With deep sorrow, yet with great gratitude for her amazing life, we confirm the passing of Lauren Bacall.”The husky-voiced actress, whose birth name was Betty Joan Perske, starred as a 19-year-old opposite the much older Bogart in her first film, 1944′s To Have and Have Not. Over the next few years, the two — who married in 1945 — appeared in the films The Big Sleep, Dark Passage and Key Largo.In the ensuing decades, Bacall starred in Designing Woman, The Gift of Love, Shock Treatment, Sex and the Single Girl, Murder on the Orient Express and The Shootist, among other films. More recently, she worked on the movies Dogville and The Forger, and on the TV shows The Sopranos and Family Guy.Despite the numerous credits to her name, Bacall was only nominated for an Oscar once — for playing Barbra Streisand’s mother in the 1996 film The Mirror Has Two Faces. She received an honorary Oscar in 2009.Bacall also won two Tony Awards during her career, and was a recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors. In 1999, the American Film Institute named her one of the top 25 greatest female screen legends of all time.Bacall was married to Bogart until 1957, when he died of cancer. They had two children.After a short-lived engagement to Frank Sinatra following Bogart’s death, Bacall married Oscar winner Jason Robards in 1961. The couple had one child, actor Sam Robards, before divorcing in 1969.
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“Let’s Be Cops” Opens Nationwide Wednesday

“Let’s Be Cops” Opens Nationwide Wednesday

Fox(NEW YORK) — New Girl co-stars Jake Johnson and Damon Wayans Jr. are taking their act to the big screen on Wednesday.They are the leads in the comedy Let’s Be Cops. They play two friends who dress as police officers for a costume party, then pretend to be cops in public — putting them in sticky situations that include the mob.Rob Riggle, Nina Dobrev, James D’Arcy and Andy Garcia also star in Let’s Be Cops, which is rated R.
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Beyonce Provides 2,000 Students with New Backpacks & School Supplies

Beyonce Provides 2,000 Students with New Backpacks & School Supplies

Eric McCandless/CBS(NEW YORK) — Beyoncé is helping kids go back to school in style.
The singer has collaborated with bag brand STATE on a line of school and office supplies, including a limited edition #BeyGOOD backpack, and they’re giving away backpacks and school supplies to students in need in six cities.Two thousand students across the six cities — Charlotte; Baltimore; Washington, D.C.; Philadelphia; Newark; and New York — will get backpacks.  In addition, the initiative will host “pep rallies for good” to support local charities in each city where students will be able to stuff their backpacks with school essentials.Beyonce and STATE are also offering a premium backpack for sale on the singer’s website for $125. All proceeds from the sale of those #BeyGOOD backpacks will benefit the backpack give-away program. And fans willing to pony up $75 for their returning students can purchase a back-to-school bundle, now available for pre-order on Beyoncé’s website, which includes custom pencils with Beyonce’s catchphrases, a locker-sized poster and T-shirt as well as notebooks and tote bags.”Our #BeyGOODxSTATE GIVEBACKPACK Program and inspirational bag drop events go beyond a simple material donation by providing children in underfunded communities the role models and motivation to beat the odds,” says Scot Tatelman, STATE Bags co-founder. “Partnering with Beyonce’s  #BeyGOOD movement not only creates a platform for children to receive backpacks and school supplies for the upcoming year, but also drives them to reach their full potential.”
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Taylor Swift Brings Favorite Story to Life with Small, Pivotal Role in “The Giver”

Taylor Swift Brings Favorite Story to Life with Small, Pivotal Role in “The Giver”

Weinstein Company(NEW YORK) — Taylor Swift had several reasons to say yes to taking the small, but pivotal role of Rosemary in the new film, The Giver. On top of getting the chance to share a scene with Oscar winner Jeff Bridges, who plays her father, this acting gig allowed Taylor to help tell a story that had a profound impact on the way she sees the world.The Giver is based on Lois Lowry’s futuristic novel of the same name, and Taylor first read it in fifth grade. She says, “I didn’t do a lot of thinking about the distant future as far as our society goes at that point in my life. This really kind of switched that up for me, and it really kind of blew my mind in a way that stuck with me.”In The Giver, society has done away with pain and sadness as well as happiness, music and love. One person, known as the Receiver of Memories, now absorbs all of society’s memories and emotions in case they are needed to make a decision. The story deals with the weight of carrying that burden while also imagining a world without emotional or artistic expression.Taylor says, “It celebrates all the things that I hold really dear and the things that are most important to me — like our history and our music and our art and our intellect and our memories. I think that that really had a great deal to do with why I wanted to be a part of this.”Since Taylor writes songs about her own heartbreak and disappointment, a lot of fans reach out to her via social media to tell her about the tough times they’re facing. She thinks those fans will find a message of hope in The Giver.”They can’t image that we can experience such great pain, such intense loss, such insecurity,” Taylor explains, “and the thing that I just wish I could tell them over and over again is that we live for these fleeting moments of happiness. Happiness is not a constant. It’s something that we only experience a glimpse of every once in awhile, but it’s worth it. And I think that’s what they’ll take away from this movie.”Meryl Streep and Brenton Thwaites also star in The Giver, opening in theaters on Friday.Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Report: Justin Bieber Gets Plea Deal in Miami Beach DUI Case

Report: Justin Bieber Gets Plea Deal in Miami Beach DUI Case

Sara Jaye Weiss/STARTRAKS PHOTO via ABC(MIAMI) — It’s been rumored for over a month, but now the latest word is that Justin Bieber’s Miami Beach DUI case will be resolved Wednesday in a plea deal.Sources tell the Miami Herald the state is …

Chris Rock: Robin Williams Was ‘One of the Funniest Guys’ I Ever Saw

Chris Rock: Robin Williams Was ‘One of the Funniest Guys’ I Ever Saw

Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Chris Rock remembers the late Robin Williams as one of the funniest men he’s ever seen — and says he’s not surprised to learn that the Oscar winner was struggling with personal demons.In an interview with ABC News, Rock was asked to discuss the impact that Williams had on his life. The comedian shared, “Robin was, is, I hate to say was, is one of the funniest guys I ever saw in my life. I remember the first time I saw Mork & Mindy. And I know this sounds weird, it was like watching, it was the first time I saw an actual human being be as funny as Bugs Bunny.”Rock explained, “When they casted him as an alien it was perfect because he was so from another world.”Rock said Williams was “nice” and “very warm” toward him. He said, “I’m a lot, a little younger than Robin, so it was always a mentoring relationship. As in the last few years we were actually getting to the point where we could talk, you know, shop and wives and, you know, like grown ups.”Rock admitted it isn’t a surprise to him that Williams had personal issues. He commented, “Comedians can be a sad bunch, you know. You know what’s the saying? Ignorance is bliss. So if ignorance is bliss, what’s the opposite of ignorance? Must not be bliss. And your job as a comedian, you know, is basically to notice everything. And the better the comedian, the more aware he or she is of the world around them. So, you know, it can be not a happy place.”
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Jeff Bridges Reflects on Working with Robin Williams

Jeff Bridges Reflects on Working with Robin Williams

Jemal Countess/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Jeff Bridges, who first expressed his grief over the death of Robin Williams on the red carpet of his new movie The Giver Monday night, remembered Williams again Tuesday morning at a news conference for the film in New York City.Williams was found dead in his California home Monday at the age of 63.”I just want to acknowledge the fullness of life — the joy and the sadness that is in store for us all,” Bridges said.”He was an amazing man,” Bridges said of his former co-star.
The actor, who shared the screen with Williams in 1991′s The Fisher King, smiled as he shared a story of their time together on set.”Just before I came down [here today], I’m looking out my window to Central Park, my favorite part about New York, and I remember the last scene of me and Robin out there at 4 o’clock in the morning nude — naked!” he said. “Robin is just wild and free…rubbing his butt on the grass, and he goes, ‘You know why dogs do this?! Because they can!’””I just had to share that with you,” Bridges added. “Because that’s what’s going on so strongly and how much I miss him…and what a gift he was to all of us.”Bridges noted that at the after-party for The Giver, held at Central Park’s Boathouse, he saw Radio Man — the guy who inspired Williams’ character in The Fisher King. Bridges said, “It felt like it was, we kind of, I felt Robin’s spirit as I’m feeling him now with us.”Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

“Star Wars: Episode VII” to Resume Filming This Month

“Star Wars: Episode VII” to Resume Filming This Month

Lucasfilm Ltd.(LONDON) — Star Wars: Episode VII is scheduled to return to production later this month, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The J. J. Abrams film went on a two-week hiatus earlier this month after its star Harrison Ford sustained a serious injury. Ford was derailed from his acting duties after breaking his leg on the London set June 12 and later underwent surgery.  Star Wars observers began speculating about Ford’s return to the set when he showed up at Monday’s The Expendables 3 premiere in Hollywood. The 72-year-old actor appeared to be in good health and spirits. Sources couldn’t confirm, however, if Ford was flying back to London to join the production.Episode VII is filming at the U.K.’s Pinewood Studios and also stars familiar faces Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew and Kenny Baker. Also along for the galaxy ride are series newcomers John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow.Episode VII is slated for a Dec. 18, 2015 release.
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Towanda Braxton Explains Feud with Tamar Braxton & Her Public Breakdown

Towanda Braxton Explains Feud with Tamar Braxton & Her Public Breakdown

Courtesy of WeTV(NEW YORK) — It’s no secret that Tamar Braxton and her older sister, Towanda, haven’t been getting along. From comments made on social media to the reality show cameras detailing what seems like a fight that won’t end, these two Braxton sisters have been going through it. And fans can watch every moment of it on the forthcoming fourth season of We TV’s hit reality show, Braxton Family Values.In a sneak peek released last month, viewers saw Towanda have an epic meltdown after Tamar storms out of a high end restaurant, with the usually level-headed sister smashing glasses and destroying a table.Towanda tells ABC News Radio that the feud started because she couldn’t believe viewers thought she was jealous of her baby sister last season.”I detested the fact that everybody thought, or everybody was feeling that Towanda was jealous of Tamar. I’m like ‘how dare you think that someone who actually volunteered to carry your child to be jealous?’ That’s ridiculous to me,” she explains. “And whenever Tamar needed, and whenever Tamar wanted me to be there, I was there.”Their sister Trina has her own explanation on what started the tension. She says, “That whole thing stemmed from one of Tamar’s Tamartians telling Towanda that she hopes her kids get raped and killed [on Twitter]. Do you understand what I’m saying? So of course there’s a certain retaliation that wells up in you when you talk about somebody’s children.”Still, Towanda says she eventually broke down because she has been keeping her true feelings hidden for so long. “I couldn’t be emotional. I couldn’t let everybody know how I was really feeling because as soon as I do there’s always a [back]lash. So I suppressed every time,” the mother of two explains. “I think there was only one other time — maybe not that big — I had lashed out and that’s, like Trina said, that’s when someone talked about my children. But when we were sitting together as a family I just felt that I wasn’t being heard, and it was a long time coming.”Trina was also in the room when Towanda broke down, even crying her own tears at the site of her sister. “I’ve never seen Towanda, in all of the years that we’ve been alive, I’ve never seen her blow up like that in my life,” she says. “No matter how much we argue, no matter how much we fuss, no matter how much we fight, when one hurts we hurt too.”Although the season starts off with all of the Braxton sisters — Towanda, Trina, Tamar, Toni and Traci — discussing recording an album together, because of the tension the project may be off the table right now.”The only thing that I can say about the Braxton girls actually completing something together is…(whistles),” Towanda says flatly.”Prior to Braxton Family Values, people were like, ‘OK. When are the Braxton sisters going to do a record or an album or something together?’ And then it seemed more possible when we were doing Braxton Family Values,” Trina adds. “But now that we’re going through tumultuous situations with our sisterhood, and our sistership, and trying to build, and rebuild, and build parameters, it’s becoming a difficult feat.” Watch just how difficult when Braxton Family Values returns to WeTV on Aug. 14 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
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Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson Picks Mother Up from Hospital After Car Accident

Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson Picks Mother Up from Hospital After Car Accident

ANDREW COWIE/AFP/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — Days after Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson revealed that his mother, Ata Maivia-Johnson, and cousin Lina Fanene had been involved in a car accident that could have claimed their lives, the movie star posted a sweet Instagram picture of his leaving the hospital with the woman who raised him.”Takin’ mama home,” The Rock wrote Tuesday. “Banged up, but she’s a tough one and will make a full recovery.”He continued, “Grateful to see her smile. And thank you guys for all the prayers, love and well wishes. #GratitudeAndBearHugs #ChoicesMatter #100PercentPreventable #DontDrinkAndDrive.”In the picture, his mother is sitting in a wheelchair with a smile on her face and a cast on her left arm. The Rock is smiling, too, grateful his mother is better and able to go home.In a post from Sunday, Johnson had said that his mother and cousin were struck head-on by a drunken driver last week.”They lived,” he wrote. “First reaction is to find the person who did this and do unrelenting harm to them. But then you realize the most important thing is my family lived thru this and we can hug each other that much tighter these days. Hug your own family tighter today and be grateful you can tell them you love them.”
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Robin Williams’ Kids Can’t Understand Why He Couldn’t ‘Find It in His Heart to Stay’

Robin Williams’ Kids Can’t Understand Why He Couldn’t ‘Find It in His Heart to Stay’

ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) — The children of the late actor Robin Williams spoke out for the first time Tuesday night about their famous father’s death, saying they’ll always cherish their memories of him and can’t understand how he could take his own life when he was loved so much by so many.”Yesterday, I lost my father and a best friend and the world got a little grayer. I will carry his heart with me every day. I would ask those that loved him to remember him by being as gentle, kind, and generous as he would be. Seek to bring joy to the world as he sought,” Zak Williams said in a statement released through the late actor’s rep.“My family has always been private about our time spent together. It was our way of keeping one thing that was ours, with a man we shared with an entire world. But now that’s gone, and I feel stripped bare,” said his daughter, Zelda Williams. “My last day with him was his birthday, and I will be forever grateful that my brothers and I got to spend that time alone with him, sharing gifts and laughter. He was always warm, even in his darkest moments. While I’ll never, ever understand how he could be loved so deeply and not find it in his heart to stay, there’s minor comfort in knowing our grief and loss, in some small way, is shared with millions. It doesn’t help the pain, but at least it’s a burden countless others now know we carry, and so many have offered to help lighten the load. Thank you for that.””To those he touched who are sending kind words, know that one of his favorite things in the world was to make you all laugh. As for those who are sending negativity, know that some small, giggling part of him is sending a flock of pigeons to your house to poop on your car. Right after you’ve had it washed. After all, he loved to laugh too….Dad was, is and always will be one of the kindest, most generous, gentlest souls I’ve ever known, and while there are few things I know for certain right now, one of them is that not just my world, but the entire world is forever a little darker, less colorful and less full of laughter in his absence. We’ll just have to work twice as hard to fill it back up again.”Cody Williams said: “There are no words strong enough to describe the love and respect I have for my father. The world will never be the same without him. I will miss him and take him with me everywhere I go for the rest of my life, and will look forward, forever, to the moment when I get to see him again.”Williams’ wife from 1989 to 2010, Marsha Garces Williams, said: “My heart is split wide open and scattered over the planet with all of you. Please remember the gentle, loving, generous – and yes, brilliant and funny – man that was Robin Williams. My arms are wrapped around our children as we attempt to grapple with celebrating the man we love, while dealing with this immeasurable loss.”
Williams was found dead in his home on Monday. Officials say an investigation is ongoing, and an official cause of death will be determined pending toxicology results.
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Robin Williams Died in Apparent Suicide by Hanging

Robin Williams Died in Apparent Suicide by Hanging

ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) — Robin Williams died by asphyxia due to hanging in what was an apparent suicide, the Marin County, California Sheriff’s Department has announced.
At a Tuesday afternoon press conference, Lt. Keith Boyd, chief deputy coroner of the Sheriff’s office, said Williams’s wife, Susan Schneider, left the couple’s home at about 10:30 a.m. Monday, believing her husband to still be asleep.  Williams’ personal assistant became concerned when he couldn’t reach Williams, and gained access to a bedroom, where Williams was discovered, clothed and in a semi-suspended, seated position, hanging from a door with a belt around his neck.
There were also acute, yet superficial cuts on the inside of Williams’ left wrist, and a pocket knife was found nearby.  The cuts were determined to be unrelated to the cause of death.
Officials arrived after a 911 call from a person who was not identified, and who said Williams had apparently committed suicide.  Williams, 63, was pronounced dead at 12:02 p.m.  Officials say there was no sign of a struggle.  They would not say whether Williams left a note.
The official cause of death will be determined pending toxicology results. The investigation is ongoing.

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