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Emmy awards show plans Robin Williams tribute

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Well-loved actor Robin Williams will receive a "meaningful" remembrance at this month's Emmy Awards, it has been revealed.

Awards show producer Don Mischer said plans for the Los Angeles ceremony's traditional "in memoriam" sequence were being discussed.

He said organisers of the Emmy Awards - the TV world's Oscars - were still coming to terms with the Good Morning, Vietnam and Mrs Doubtfire star's death, but intended to give him the tribute he deserved.

Parkinson's was 'another battle Williams was fighting'

Fighting Parkinson's disease was another battle Oscar-winning actor Robin Williams was facing.

As well as sobriety and depression, his widow Susan Schneider revealed he had been diagnosed with the early stages of the degenerative illness.

Now his family hope his plight will encourage others to "seek the care and support they need to treat whatever battles they are facing so they may feel less afraid."

ITV News reporter Sejal Karia has this report:


Williams' family hope others find strength to seek help

Susan Schneider with her late husband Robin Williams. Credit: Reuters

Robin Williams' wife Susan Schneider revealed her husband was struggling with the early stages of Parkinson's disease when he took his own life.

She said their family hope in the wake of his passing others will find the strength to treat whatever battles they are facing.

Read the full statement below:

Robin spent so much of his life helping others. Whether he was entertaining millions on stage, film or television, our troops on the frontlines, or comforting a sick child — Robin wanted us to laugh and to feel less afraid.

Since his passing, all of us who loved Robin have found some solace in the tremendous outpouring of affection and admiration for him from the millions of people whose lives he touched.

His greatest legacy, besides his three children, is the joy and happiness he offered to others, particularly to those fighting personal battles.

Robin's sobriety was intact and he was brave as he struggled with his own battles of depression, anxiety as well as early stages of Parkinson's Disease, which he was not yet ready to share publicly.

It is our hope in the wake of Robin’s tragic passing, that others will find the strength to seek the care and support they need to treat whatever battles they are facing so they may feel less afraid.

– Susan Schneider

Robin Williams in 'early stages of Parkinson's disease'

Williams with wife Susan in 2010. Credit: Empics

Robin Williams was in the early stages of Parkinson's disease when he took his own life, a statement from his wife said.

Susan Schneider revealed her husband was "not yet ready to share publicly" his battle with the disease.

She added the actor, who has famously suffered addictions to drugs and alcohol, was also sober at the time.

Twitter to 'improve policies' after Zelda Williams abuse

Twitter says it has "suspended a number of accounts" following the abuse that Robin Williams' daughter suffered on the social media site following his death.

A statement reportedly from Twitter's vice president of trust and safety, reprinted in the Washington Post, said:

We will not tolerate abuse of this nature on Twitter. We have suspended a number of accounts related to this issue for violating our rules and we are in the process of evaluating how we can further improve our policies to better handle tragic situations like this one. This includes expanding our policies regarding self-harm and private information, and improving support for family members of deceased users.

– Del Harvey, Twitter VP of Trust and Safety

California police defend Robin Williams death report

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Police in California have defended their decision to release details about how actor Robin Williams killed himself, saying state law required that they be disclosed to the public.

Marin County Sheriff's lieutenant Keith Boyd said the agency would have liked to withhold some of the information, but could not under the California Public Records Act.


Psychologist: Fame may 'never be enough'

Some seek fame to fill a void, a celebrity psychologist told Good Morning Britain, but it "may never be enough."

Celebrities can be attracted to fame because "there's a need for attention" stemming from "a lack of attention, a lack of nurturing when they were growing up," Yvonne Thomas said.

"If you become famous you have the world potentially - like with Robin Williams - that can love you."

But, for some, she said, it "may never be enough" to fill the void.

Celebrities feel pressure to 'be seen as healthy'

Being in the public eye means celebrities may hide mental health issues, a psychiatrist told Good Morning Britain.

"We like to be seen as healthy people," Dr Claudia Bernat, a Consultant Psychiatrist at The Priory Hospital said.

Dr Bernat, who specialises in depression and anxiety, was speaking after it was confirmed Robin Williams took his own life.

Her message to anyone suffering from depression is that "it is a treatable illness...the most important thing is to have hope and to engage with the mental health professionals."

Williams' daughter: 'I'll never, ever understand'

Robin Williams with his daughter, Zelda. Credit: PA

Robin Williams' daughter has said she will "never, ever understand how he could not find it in his heart to stay."

In a statement posted on her blog, Zelda Williams said: "While I'll never, ever understand how he could be loved so deeply and not find it in his heart to stay, there's minor comfort in knowing our grief and loss, in some small way, is shared with millions."

Ms Williams also revealed she last saw her father on his birthday with her brothers, and said "the world is forever a little darker in his absence."

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