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Explicit details on Robin Williams death has fans angry at media

LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 12: Flowers are placed on Robin Williams Hollywood Walk of Fame star on August 12, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 12: Flowers are placed on Robin Williams Hollywood Walk of Fame star on August 12, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.
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News concerning Robins Williams death is making headlines, but some of the articles tell exactly how they found him and the way he passed away. Family members, friends, and fans believe that the news has gone too far in the details.

In California, the details on the way someone died are open to the public. Apparently, they legally have to release the information.

According to USA Today, Craig Harvey, chief coroner investigator of the Los Angeles County Department of Coroner said, "All of that information, as uncomfortable as it might be, is fair game."

Robin Williams fans took to Twitter to voice their opinion over the news conference and the grisly details.One poster, Ana Navarro summed it up nicely when she tweeted, "Wish press wasn't going into details of Robin Williams' death. Let's remember him as a humble, noble man who shared his talent w/world."

Media watchdog Poynter, Al Tompkins said, "The coroner's office has an obligation to report what they know. Journalists don't have the obligation to report that information over and over again in that level of detail."

One of the problems which can result from media disclosure concerning suicide details is that it can have a ‘contagion affect’ or copycats.

Other articles reminisce about the wonderful memories they have of Robin Williams and the many roles he played. Many remember Robin when he played Mork from Ork on the show, "Mork and Mindy." The series ran from the late 1970s to early 1980s. He is also remembered for the movies, “Mrs. Doubtfire” and Good Morning Vietnam.” For the younger generation, they remember his voice from the wonderful, vibrant, and rich Disney characters he did. He did “Old Dogs” where he played the role of Dan Rayburn. He was Professor Phillip Brainard on “Flubber.” he played Popeye the Sailor on “Popeye.” And who could forget his voiceover as the Genie/Merchant in “Aladdin.”

It is hard to believe that underneath all his laughter, and smiles, was a man who suffered from severe depression. He was so talented at making others so happy that they forget their troubles, however, he failed to make the most important person happy, himself. Robin went to rehab in Minnesota to seek help for his problem. Unfortunately, he couldn’t find a way out of his depressed state.

The morning Robin was found probably started like any other day. Susan Schneider, his wife of three years, left the house around 10:30 a.m., believing that Robin was still asleep in another bedroom. Around 11:45 a.m., Robin’s personal assistant became worried that he hadn’t come down yet. Knocking at the bedroom door, the assistant went into the room to check on him. That is when his personal assistant found him.

Even though Robin may have physically passed from this world, he leaves several new films due to come out later this year. Sometime in November, the movie “Merry Friggin’ Christmas” will be released. The next movie set to be released is number three in the “Night at the Museum” series. “Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb” is set for release around December 19, 2014.

Tribeca Film Festival will release “Boulevard,” an intimate drama starring Robin and Bob Odenkirk. The actual date has not been determined, yet.

The fourth movie release will be a mixed live-action/CGI British comedy, called, “Absolutely Anything.” In this animation, he does the voice for Dennis the Dog. This film includes the voices of the cast, Monty Python.

Robin did 22-episodes of “The Crazy Ones” for CBS, which began in September 2013. Each episode had a viewer average of around 8 million, but CBS decided the numbers were too low to renew the series.

Some of Robins depression may have come from a lack of money. Two divorces hit him hard. Robin answered questions about money problems in an interview with Parade. He said, “The idea of having a steady job is appealing. I have two [other] choices: go on the road doing stand-up, or do small, independent movies working almost for scale [minimum union pay]. 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.”

When asked if he lost all his money in the divorces, he answered, “Well, not all. Lost enough. 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. Are things good with my exes? Yes. But do I need that lifestyle? No.”

For those wanting to know how Robin Williams passed away, you can find that information on CNN.

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