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Robin Williams had serious money problems. Divorce had made him broke

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The actor in recent months had begun to look increasingly haggard and to those who knew he was back on the wagon…

It has been revealed this morning that what may have precipitated much loved actor and comedian Robin Williams taking his own life via asphyxia was the claim that Robin Williams had in the recent months come to suffer serious money problems.

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The assertion comes via radaronline which reports a family friend telling that in recent months the actor had confided that he had ‘serious money troubles’ and was worried about his financial security.

Told the source:  ‘All he could talk about were serious money troubles. There were clearly other issues going on and Robin sounded distant during the telephone conversation. Robin was known for being so generous to his friends and family during the height of his success, and would help anyone out that needed it.’

‘There was also frustration that Robin expressed at having to take television and movie roles he didn’t want to take,but had to for the paycheck,” the source said, referencing his recently announced decision to film Mrs. Doubtfire 2. “Doing sequels was never Robin’s thing, and he wasn’t that excited at having to reprise the role of Mrs. Doubtfire, which was scheduled to start filming later this year.’

He also recently worked on Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, the third installment in that franchise.

The assertions would seemingly be corroborated by the fact that Williams had recently told in a Parade Magazine interview that he took a role on the now-defunct CBS show The Crazy Ones because he needed the paycheck.

‘The idea of having a steady job is appealing,’ Williams told the magazine. ‘There are bills to pay. My life has downsized, in a good way.’

‘I’m selling the ranch up in Napa,’  he said of his $35 million Villa Sorriso. ‘I just can’t afford it anymore.’

Although known to be one of Hollywood’s most enduring careers, divorce — from first wife Valerie Velardi in 1988, and from second wife, Marsha Garces in 2008 — had gutted his bank account and the reality of his public image versus the vast strains the actor was forced to contend with privately may have in the end led to his undoing.

Told the actor tellingly recently: ‘Divorce is expensive, 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.’

With financial pressures weighing, the insider said that the cancellation of The Crazy Ones in May sent him spiraling.

‘Robin slipped into a deep depression,’ the source said. ‘He felt embarrassed and humiliated that the show had been a failure. It was very hard for Robin to accept. Here he was in his sixties, and forced to take a role on television for the money. It’s just not where he thought he would be at this point in his life.’

In previous interviews the actor had admitted he had returned to TV after nearly three decades because two divorces have left him short of cash.

The comic’s breakups cost him $33 million with claims he needed a ‘steady job’. The actor would also admit he was also forced into selling his $35 million California ranch due to his sizeable alimony payments.

His marriage to Valerie Velardi ended in 1988 after the pair had been together for 10 years. The actor then wed his son’s nanny Marsha Garces with whom he stayed for 19 years and had two children with.

The couple divorced in 2008 with Williams re marrying graphic designer, Susan Schneider.

In the interview the actor also opens up about his long battle with alcohol and drugs.

Williams said that he was confronted with two other choices apart from doing TV: go on the road doing stand-up or do small independent films for very low pay.

Told the actor: ‘The movies are good, but a lot of times they don’t even have distribution. There are bills to pay. My life has downsized, in a good way. I’m selling the ranch up in Napa.

‘I just can’t afford it anymore.’

Williams is survived by third wife, Susan Schneider, and three children, Zachary Pym, 31, from his first wife, Velardi, daughter, Zelda, 25, and son,Cody, 25, from his second marriage to Garces.

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  • Russ Langford

    Also Mark, I do believe that there are a lot of hurt women, women that have been done wrong by men. I never denied that, what what I could say was that the woman is allowed to dog the guy to vent to complain and be vindicated and justified. The guy is not because by political correctness, by default, he has already lost the battle, in other words he is automatically wrong unless there is something so substantially insane about her that warrants/vindicates him, but those cases are rare(example abusive mother, or mother/wife turned crack head). Also if a woman is hurt or angry, she has a line of defense, or should I say a line of offense. Because she simply can use the States law against him, because it favors her, and punish him financially for years and years to come. Its not equal its not fair, but yet they still cry “equal rights boo boo”. …women have learned this game and they play it. Sure a lot of women are true but like I said give them the opportunity and they will take it if it looks better, feels better, etc. So in the meantime blah blah blah I’m out.

  • Russ Langford

    #1 I don’t want to insult you, so I won’t. I will say I’m a very attractive guy, therefore I have been with and currently date very attractive women. The problem with that is that very attractive women even remotely attractive women, heck I believe women in general, want their cake and eat it too. A woman may stick by your side in most cases until you’ve built a small empire, or at least a decent living, and then when she realizes that she has all of you, that spirit that women have had from the beginning of time(and that has only grown and metastasized through the generations, especially this one) speaks up, rises up, in their mind, in their heart all while remembering all the opportunity of temptation that she’s had through the years while with you, suddenly becomes, as they realize they have their cake now, an inevitable goal, they want to eat it but wait I want to keep it…so they start entertaining that, then they act on it, the rest is history. now to elaborate on what I said earlier= I never said I keep em on a string, or hold or pull the strings, I do however reserved my entire heart I do reserve my finances I do reserve my reputation, I do not get so entangled in their drama that it causes me to be dramatic, so in closing if I am to ever marry another again, there will be a prenup, and if she acts on that temptation that is clearly been a pattern for most women, American women anyway, then she can leave with what she came with, she will not have any monetary to gain to do so, so if she does, she does, and I continue to say “hahaha”. I will enjoy you and you me as long as “you” will allow(says me to her).

  • Mark

    I’d be careful there… you may think you hold the strings when in actuality it may not be the case. There are as many wounded women out there as there are wounded men. In any event, playing games is not wise if you truly want a real, close, relationship. I suppose if you’re not looking for that, then it doesn’t matter. But why not just be up front about it? What did your current women do to hurt you? You are lashing out at your ex through them, which makes no sense.

  • Mark

    Wow. Aren’t we just the teensiest bit misogynistic…. Some woman must have hurt you bad to be advocating that women should be castrated. If women are all “whores and bitches in heat” then are men all dogs? Do you hear how ridiculous that sounds?
    Men don’t fight wars over women, at least not in the common era. They fight over territory, religion and resources (greed). Name one war in the last 100 years fought over a woman. I don’t even know any men who are fighting other men over a woman… but in any event, if you choose to do that, then that’s your own fault. Don’t blame women for your own choice.
    And your argument that instead, we should treat women like chattel/property–well then, wouldn’t that actually lead to fighting over women? Because women would then be considered a “resource”.
    As far as, “they can start doing all the work”… are you kidding me? To help support the family today, most women need to work a 40 hour job and then come home and work that additional job of caring for children, cooking and cleaning, and often the outdoor tasks such as mowing and gardening, as well.
    I agree that what happened via the divorce settlements was over-the-top, and yes, of course that shouldn’t be allowed to happen. Push for legislation then if you want it to change. But don’t ignore the fact that Robin Williams was struggling with depression and substance problems that he, himself, had chosen to check into rehab about. Actually, he has personally been quite candid on video regarding these personal struggles. When a person cannot stop drinking it affects their entire life. He had acknowledged his struggles with this repeatedly, verbatim.
    To say that “all women are shit” because there are some gold-diggers out there is wrong. There are evil men, just as there are evil women. Actually, there are male gold-diggers out there as well, and there are situations where wealthy women end up paying alimony to their husbands. Also, we don’t know the personal details of what went on in his marriages and it is pretty presumptuous to assume that we do.
    Quit taking something as devastating as the loss of a great person, like Robin, and turning it into an excuse for going on a rant against women as a group, because you have been unfortunate in your choices of women. You don’t know what he was dealing with. I’m sure much of what is released to the press is handled by his representatives, which has been decided by his next of kin.

  • DD

    Wow, there’s absolutely no stereotyping going on at ALL in these comments. First of all, I am one of those rare women who agrees with part of your statement. There ARE many greedy, superficial, money grubbing women in this world. And yes, Robin Williams was sucked dry, I would imagine. However, we are not ALL like this, and there are some also very very crappy men out there. In my own case, I never claimed, asked, for a dime of support from my ex husband and I raised my daughters without so much of a dime of support from him for them either. I preferred it this way. He had turned into too much of a druggie loser to have around. Sure it would be great if we women could just “go back into the kitchen” but SADLY some of you MEN have made that impossible. It’s fine to discuss a certain group of women in this way but to define ALL of us as deserving female mutilation, and more … is pretty damned barbaric and wrong.

  • Joepublic

    It’s a shame that these comments are connected to this article. Robin Williams was a wonderful, talented man. He was however, a tortured soul. We can only remember him with kindness and whatever his reasons, only he knows. Yes, there are bad women in the world, and good women, and in between, who cares. That’s not why he is dead, he is dead because he wanted everything to stop. He obviously loved his current wife and his daughter and I’m sure his mom and grandmother. There is good and bad in all of us. May he rest in peace.

  • Jose Erickson

    That was the best answer I ever read in my life sir.

  • robertyunatv

    What a piece of garbage article this is. You’re using “Radaronline” as a source? Hahahahahahahahahahaha.

  • anon

    I know but, it’s better to be dead and cool, then alive and uncool.

  • Russ Langford

    you best let this one go anon , you can’t win this one, this world is too far gone, if a woman felt and said about men the same way you have been made to feel about women it would be politically correct,…but at this point you are politically incorrect and if you continue you will be crucified. …it’s kinda like being Caucasian and saying to an afro-american that they are being racist, you are automatically, be default, wrong. Anyway about women I’m just saying that I’m all for equal rights if it was actually equal. However it is not equal there are no consequences that women pay because the laws cater to them. Florida is a “no fault state” for example lol what a JOKE! So if a woman cheats on you then her friends simply tell her, no actually the world/all of society tells her it’s okay because he obviously wasn’t providing something that she needed. If a guy cheats on a girl he is automatically by default a dog. if anyone wants to argue that back then you are what is wrong with this world.

  • awkur

    no matter how well you treat them, no matter how good they seem, they are just whores. Amen.

  • awkur

    you live to fukc. A bitch lives to polish your knob. period.

  • awkur

    If alimonies were small he wouldn’t have killed himself. And million others either. That’s system – judges- that gives whores a lots of money….Let whores labour their days/.

  • awkur

    who?

  • anon

    The lesson is take the Gene Simmons route.

  • StraghtGate

    Like an old black preacher said during a testimony, “I don’t believe I’d have told that, brother!”

  • StraghtGate

    The word to use here is, “vulva,” the external part. “Vagina” is latin for “sheath;” it’s internal. Women insist on misusing the terms.

  • StraghtGate

    I guess the lesson there is to stay poor and marry rich women – as did John Kerry.

  • anon

    Taliban? Afghanistan? That sounds like a good idea. I have a better one. How about you pretend you are a machine that was created for the sole purpose of lubricating penis’s, and you tell me how much money I have to put in the machine to get my knob polished you blood sucking parasitic undisciplined piece of trash.

  • anon

    I left a long descriptive post. A sick piece of shit? Is that the best you can do?

  • guest

    Go join the Taliban, you can work your way up to the top in no time.

  • secret

    I can understand why they did not want you. You are a sick piece of shit that no woman should ever get close to. You think women should be treated like property?

  • anon

    Maybe 19 years ago this week or so, I was dating this girl I lost my virginity to. She was a plump little petite, but could suck a mean dick, had a tight vagina, and liked to serve me.

    It was here my fairy tale of love was crushed forever, and I truly wonder to this day if it was a random coincidence or an act of God which my left brain totally doesn’t like to believe.

    You see, there was this other girl I had been seeing years before, nothing serious, and she calls me up out of the blue. Tell’s me she is moving to TN, and wants me to sleep with her night before she left because I was always a good guy, and I was the one who she should have been loyal to she learned after being mistreated by others.

    So, I said I would sleep with her, but turned her down. I couldn’t cheat on my woman. I wanted to, my little head did, but, it’s dishonorable to me. I wanted to believe there was more to life than being a rooster tending to hens, as I had already got the hell kicked out of me 2 or so years before that by one of the bf’s of the 3 girls I was seeing.

    So, the next morning I get a nasty message from the x who was moving. Rightfully so. Later on that day, on the way back from someplace, I was in the back of the car and laid my head on her lap. I had never truly accepted her up to that point. But after turning down the other one, I said to myself, this one cooks, cleans, does everything for you. Not what you want looks wise totally, but I had something there that I thought gave a shit. And naturally, it was time to truly start loving and respecting her.

    When we got back to her house, soon as I walk in door phone rings. Some guy trying to bang her who she said had raped her in the past, causing her best friend to want to beat her up, was looking for her. Turns out she was at least talking to him behind my back, and lied about the whole rape thing. Her best friend wanted to beat her up for being a disloyal slut.

    I really didn’t know how to feel at that time. On one hand, wow I screwed up good. Message was seize the day. Seize opportunity because loyalty is worthless. And that’s not something I wanted to accept because I have always been secretly inside a hopeless romantic, I just hide it because I have to appear tough instead of tender.

    Point I am making is, no matter how well you treat them, no matter how good they seem, they are just whores. I have intuition, instincts, knowledge, experience, and insight into this, and I have honestly passed up more women in my life than I have accepted for sex because while they can satisfy my little head, they simply can not challenge me intellectually or spiritually.

    I guess what I am saying here is, that bf who kicked the crap out of me, who won? Soon as I hit him twice and saw his blood, his anger, his hurt, his ideal of his woman was crushed, it was all over his face I just couldn’t throw anymore. I knew I was morally in the wrong, and I just froze, and experienced stars during daylight for the first time in my life.

    Later on that day I saw him again with her and his friend, and the look on his face was that same one of hurt and sadness. Because even though he kicked the crap out of me, it would not fix his ideal (Anima) of her. He now knew her to be the slut for what she was.

    Who won that day? She did. She got to taste us both, & she got to watch us make each other bleed. Years after that while at a food court in a mall with a couple of girls who were waiting at the table, she walks up and orders food next to me. I could smell the smug delight oozing out of her.

    Bottom line, men have a choice in this world. The future is theirs and it’s up to them. A boot on the face for man forever, the way it’s going now……… or a boot on the face of women forever, the way it should be.

    Amen

  • Russ Langford

    Anon= preach it! I’m a master electrician/X business owner/X husband. ..why? Because she had it,all and it,wasn’t enough ,she wanted more, she couldn’t keep her vagina in her pants, they are not the same ethical,moral animals.I’ve never seen such unjustified vindictiveness and greed and backbiting. I trust em only so far. They are the puppets on strings now(in my life), lol, and they don’t even know it hahaha! Prenup biotch!

  • anon

    4 words…..World Female Clitoral Circumcision. Good for nothing but leaching off men. They are naturally born amoral. Men are different, we can be moral, or say we don’t care and be immoral, but we can’t be a snake like a woman can be. It makes no sense, why a man, who gives so much to so many, should have to give his earnings to a couple of high priced whores, because that’s all they were. They charmed him, brought him in, and took him for everything he had.

    So blame mental illness, blame alcoholism and drug addiction, blame stress, inner demons, but whatever you do….. don’t tell the truth….. which is women sucked the life out of him.

    I am I the only one who’s sees how to end all wars? Why do men fight? To compete for resources, and women. Stop treating women as equals, start treating them like property, and then we can all get along.

    That’s the only things stopping all men in this world from truly getting along. Reagan spoke of an alien threat to unite cultural boundaries. Ok. Women. They have no more equality. They can’t vote. They can’t speak unless spoken too. They can not insult men, and until we get robots up, they can start doing all the work.

    Imagine that kind of a world. Where instead of us men, blindly beating each other up, ramming heads with each other, plotting and calculating how we are going to kill the other guys, stressing over how we are going to feed the whore, we all just join up, stop our bullshit ego’s on how much better we are than the other guy or guys, and agree women are shit, and are lives would be much better.

    If men stopped being lame ass suckers and started treated whores like the bitches in heat they truly are, the world would be a better place.

    Man’s greatest weakness is giving his blood, sweat, tears, time, and labor to a pair of crocodile tears.