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Robin Williams’ funeral: Will it be televised? Family makes a decision

Robin Williams’ funeral: Will it be televised? Family makes a decision
Robin Williams’ funeral: Will it be televised? Family makes a decision
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Robin Williams brought joy and laughter to the world, but even the funniest man in the world could not escape the darkness of depression. Williams took his own life last week and the family has made a decision regarding his funeral.

Widow Susan Schneider has made the decision that Robin Williams’ funeral will be a private family service. It will not be televised according to a report on August 16. The official cause of death was asphyxia from hanging. Williams also had cuts on either his left wrist or possibly both wrists.

Robin Williams’ funeral will be held in his hometown of San Francisco, the place he loved and where the movie “Mrs. Doubtfire” was filmed. Robin was often seen riding his bicycle and was a popular figure around town.

Why has Williams’ family chosen not to televise his funeral? Millions around the world want to say goodbye to the man who made them laugh and cry and Robin would want fans to remember him that way. According to the report, Robin Williams would not want fans to have a “pity party” for him, but rather to remember his laughter and his smile.

Robin Williams’ three children, Zak, Zelda and Cody, have gathered in San Francisco, but at this time no date has been set for his funeral. His youngest son Cody arrived from New York City on August 13. A memorial for the beloved comic may be held in Los Angeles at a later date.

Three days after his tragic passing his widow Susan revealed that Robin Williams had recently been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. When news of Williams’ death broke his publicist released a statement saying that Robin had been battling severe depression.

Robin Williams was married three times and has three children. Valerie Velardi was married to Williams from 1978 until 1988 and had one son, Zachary, in 1983. Williams’ and second wife Marsha Garces were married in 1989 and had two children, Zelda and Cody. The couple divorced in 2008. William wed third wife Susan Schneider on October 23, 2011. The couple had no children together.

Robin Williams leaves behind a body of work that stretches over 5 decades. He will be remembered by fans from as far back as his early days in stand-up comedy, through his first television show Mork & Mindy,” his most popular movies which are too numerous to list, and through is very last television show, “The Crazy Ones,” which was canceled by CBS. "Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb" is set for a December 19. This is the third installment in the "Night at the Museum" franchise.