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Robin Williams' financial problems: Was Williams really bankrupt?

American comedian Robin Williams at "Stand Up for Heroes," a comedy and music benefit organized by the Bob Woodruff Family Fund to raise money for injured U.S. servicemen.
American comedian Robin Williams at "Stand Up for Heroes," a comedy and music benefit organized by the Bob Woodruff Family Fund to raise money for injured U.S. servicemen.
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After the death of Robin Williams, rumors circulated that the actor may have committed suicide due to growing financial problems. However, a rep for Williams recently came forward to Inquisitr News and made it clear that Williams was not driven to suicide because of bankruptcy. On Wednesday, Williams' rep tole inquisitr.com that any talk of financial woes are inaccurate.

According to Business Insider, Williams apparently did have his finances in order, even though he had complained about being on the verge of bankruptcy following two divorces that reportedly cost him millions of dollars. Williams also recently put his huge Napa, California ranch and vineyard up for sale, stating that he just couldn't afford it anymore. Last year, he also said that the idea of having a steady job was appealing.

That steady job was supposed to be "The Crazy Ones," Williams' first return to a TV series since "Mork & Mindy" in 1978. Said Williams about his starring role on the CBS sitcom, "The only alternative was making low budget films for little money or returning to stand-up comedy." Williams reportedly felt forced to take a role on TV for money, and fell into a deep depression when "The Crazy Ones" was canceled after only one season.

Williams' neighbors claim that he was battling depression and was tormented by cash problems shortly before he took his own life on Monday. They also added that he had lost weight, looked terrible and was just a shadow of his former self. Williams' rep, however, said there were several times the 63-year-old actor and comedian was offered to do TV, but he turned down the roles, saying he did not need the jobs for money. According to the rep, Williams only wanted to do "The Crazy Ones" because of the show's creator and the material.

Williams' longtime rep, Mara Buxbaum, went on to tell TheWrap on Wednesday that Williams had no financial problems and that "we should be blessed to have Robin's financial status." Buxbaum would not comment on specifics of Williams' finances but did say that his family is amply taken care of. Williams' net worth is an estimated $50 million, which includes his Napa Valley estate that has been on the market since April. Williams also left behind his home in Tiburon, California, valued at $6 million.

Williams struggled with alcohol and drug addiction for much of his career. Buxbaum stated that she understands the public's desire to know why Williams committed suicide. According to Buxbaum, "It's not going to happen. The better thing to do is to try to understand severe depression. That isn't going to be answered, and you can speculate all you want."

Williams left behind four upcoming films, including a second "Night at the Museum" sequel, where he again plays former US president Theodore Roosevelt. Due out in November is "Merry Friggin’ Christmas," a low-budget independent family comedy film in which Williams plays the main character "Mitch." Williams had also voiced the character of an animated dog in the British comedy "Absolutely Anything," and even though Williams "never liked making sequels," filming for "Mrs Doubtfire 2" began this summer.