Robin Williams Had ‘Serious Money Troubles’ Says Family Friend

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The world was shocked yesterday when the news of Robin Williams' death spread around the globe.

According to the initial coroner's report yesterday Williams died from a possible suicide, but the big question was why? reports today that an unidentified "family friend" claims Williams had “serious money troubles.”

“All he could talk about were serious money troubles," said the family friend. "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,” added the family friend. “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.”

In 2013, Williams told Parade Magazine that he was taking a role on the TV show "The Crazy Ones" because he needed the money.

“The idea of having a steady job is appealing,” said Williams. “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 hinted that his divorces from ex-wives Valerie Velardi (1988) and Marsha Garces (2008) had contributed to his financial problems.

“Divorce is expensive,” stated Williams. “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.”

After the "The Crazy Ones" was canceled by CBS, the family friend said Williams "slipped into a deep depression."

“He felt embarrassed and humiliated that the show had been a failure," stated the family friend. "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.”

Sources:, Parade Magazine (Image Credit: Steve Jurvetson)


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