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Robin Williams’ widow, Susan Schneider Williams, and his adult children have been given eight more weeks to resolve a dispute over the division of the actor’s estate.

In March, a San Francisco judge gave both parties eight weeks to settle their disagreement, relating to roughly 1,200 of the star’s personal items.

Some 300 items are still disputed, as well as the money required to maintain one of his homes.

The judge gave the two sides until the end of July to resolve the differences.Robin Williams widow Susan Schneider

Among the items Susan Schneider Williams wants to keep are the tuxedo the actor wore to their wedding, his slippers, T-shirts and some boxer shorts.

Robin Williams and Susan Schneider had been married for three years before the actor took his own life in August 2014.

Both parties also need to resolve the value of a reserve fund to allow Susan Schneider Williams to maintain the San Francisco home Robin Williams left to her, with instructions she receive enough money to keep it up through her lifetime.

Robin Williams left most of his estate to his three children – Zachary, Zelda and Cody – from a previous marriage.

In legal papers filed in December, Susan Schneider Williams said the contents of their home should be excluded from the items Robin Williams left his children.

Robin Williams’ children claimed their father’s widow was “adding insult to a terrible injury” by trying to change the trust agreement and rob them of items their father clearly intended them to have.

Susan Schneider Williams’ lawyer, James Wagstaffe, described her as “an emotionally grieving widow who is trying to honor her husband”.

James Wagstaffe said his client was seeking the equivalent of a “small bucket of water from a lake”, saying Robin Williams had left his three children and a former wife more than $100 million.


Nearly six months after the death of Robin Williams, his widow, Susan Schneider, and children have gone to court in a dispute over the late comedian’s estate.

In papers filed in December in San Francisco Superior Court, Susan Schneider accused his children of taking items without her permission.

Robin Williams’ children – Zachary, Zelda and Cody – argued that Susan Schneider was “adding insult to a terrible injury” by trying to change their trust agreement.Robin Williams and wife Susan Schneider

The dispute involves items Robin Williams kept at two homes and in storage.

Susan Schneider Williams has requested that the contents of the home she shared with her husband be excluded from the jewellery, memorabilia and other items her husband said his children should have.

Robin Williams’ children have taken issue with this suggestion, saying there should be no limits placed on the items to which they are entitled.

Items in dispute include the actor’s collection of watches and the Oscar statuette he won in 1998 for Good Will Hunting.

Robin Williams, who married his third wife Susan Schneider in 2011, died from hanging at his home in Tiburon, California, in August 2014.

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Robin Williams’ autopsy report has revealed that the actor was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of his suicide.

Robin Williams was found dead in his California home on August 11 in what authorities soon ruled a suicide. He was 63.

A Marin County coroner’s report released on Friday found Williams died from asphyxia due to hanging.

Robin Williams had been treated for depression.

Robin Williams was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of his suicide

Robin Williams was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of his suicide

He was last seen alive by his wife, Susan Schneider, on August 10, and was found dead the following day.

On the morning Robin Williams was found, the actor’s personal assistant became concerned when he did not respond to knocks on the door, authorities say. The assistant entered the room and found Robin Williams dead.

Robin Williams won an Academy Award for his role in Good Will Hunting and starred in films including Good Morning Vietnam and Jumanji.

In the past the actor had talked, and even joked, about his struggles with alcohol and drugs. After his death, his representative said he had also been “battling severe depression”.

Robin Williams had earlier returned to a rehabilitation centre to “fine-tune” his sobriety, the Los Angeles Times reported in July.


Robin Williams’ remains were secretly cremated a day after his death on August 11.

The actor’s family scattered his ashes in San Francisco Bay near his home.

According to People magazine, only closest family members and friends gathered at a private funeral in San Francisco to mourn Robin Williams’ disappearance.

Robin Williams' remains were secretly cremated in San Francisco a day after his death

Robin Williams’ remains were secretly cremated in San Francisco a day after his death (photo Getty Images)

Robin Williams died aged 63 after committing suicide in his home in Tiburon, California, on August 11.

The actor’s third wife, Susan Schneider, revealed that her late husband was suffering from the early stages of Parkinson’s disease.

Robin Williams is survived by his wife, Susan Schneider, and his three children, Zak, 31, Zelda, 25, and Cody, 22.

The family is asking well-wishers to send contributions to charities close to Robin Williams’ heart in lieu of flowers. Suggested organizations include St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Challenged Athletes, USO, the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center, the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation and Glide Memorial Church in San Francisco.

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Susan Schneider has revealed that her late husband Robin Williams was suffering from the early stages of Parkinson’s disease at the time of his death.

Susan Schneider said Robin Williams had been sober but “not yet ready to share publicly” his struggles with Parkinson’s.

She added that the actor had also been suffering from anxiety and depression.

Robin Williams was found dead in an apparent suicide in his home on Monday. He was 63.

Police said Robin Williams died of asphyxia due to hanging.

Susan Schneider has revealed that her late husband Robin Williams was suffering from the early stages of Parkinson's disease at the time of his death

Susan Schneider has revealed that her late husband Robin Williams was suffering from the early stages of Parkinson’s disease at the time of his death (photo Getty Images)

“His greatest legacy, besides his three children, is the joy and happiness he offered to others, particularly to those fighting personal battles,” Susan Schneider said in a statement, adding her husband’s sobriety was “intact”.

“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.”

Parkinson’s disease is a degenerative neurological disorder.

It is believed that the disease is brought on by a mixture of genetic and environmental factors, but the exact cause is still unknown.

Parkinson’s symptoms can include tremors and other uncontrollable movements, impaired balance and co-ordination, stiffness, slowness of movement, loss of smell, a decline in intellectual functioning, and speech and swallowing problems.

It is estimated to affect about five million people worldwide and usually, but not always, occurs in old age. The statement did not specify when Robin Williams had been diagnosed.

In the past, Robin Williams had talked and even joked about his struggles with alcohol and drugs and had returned to rehab to “fine tune” his sobriety earlier in the year.

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Susan Schneider was the third wife and now widow of late actor Robin Williams.

Graphic designer Susan Schneider and Robin Williams tied the knot October 23, 2011, after two years of dating, at the luxurious Meadowood Resort in the Napa Valley town of St. Helena, California. The couple honeymooned in Paris.

Robin Williams said at the time, of Susan Schneider: “I’m the luckiest man in the world… Being with a comedian, living with a comedian, is like keeping a chimp for a pet. You know we’re kind of cute but after a little a while, (you get thrown out). So if you find someone who goes, <<OK I really like you>>, You go, <<You like me?>> She’s gorgeous and so sweet. Oh, she’s beautiful.”

Robin Williams was previously married to Valerie Velardi, with whom he has son Zak, and to Marsha Garces, with whom he has two children, daughter Zelda and son Cody.

Susan Schneider, now 51, met Robin Williams shortly before he had heart surgery in mid-2009 when she nursed him back to health at his California home.

Susan Schneider was the third wife and now widow of late actor Robin Williams

Susan Schneider was the third wife and now widow of late actor Robin Williams (photo Getty Images)

She was trained professionally as a graphic designer and for the past two decades she has been passionate about painting and her works of art sell for a lot of cash.

She said she is mostly captivated by nature, emotions and the beauty of people.

Susan Schneider went on to pursue studies in graphic design during her college years. After a few years in the design program at UCLA she was eager to return to her native Marin County. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design from California College of the Arts in 1989. She had the fortunate opportunity to work beside several prestigious Bay Area designers and ultimately began her own company.

Susan Schneider has not only served local schools with her design talents, but she has also helped raise funds by donating her paintings at school auctions. She developed and designed the fundraising brand “Can Do!” for the Dixie School District education foundation.

She completed the new design for the Miller Creek Middle School logo. She is a member of the Marin Catholic Patrons of the Arts wherein she assists with graphic design and with raising funds for the school’s arts program.

Through her business, Critical Eye Design, Susan Schneider continues doing design projects, primarily creating logos and identities. She is works on painting commissions, as well as developing her own work for exhibits.

Susan Schneider and Robin Williams’ residence was the actor’s house in Sea Cliff, a neighborhood in San Francisco, California.

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Robin Williams took his own life after telling friends he had “serious money troubles”, it has emerged.

The actor had sought treatment for depression in the weeks before his death at the age of 63.

Robin Williams, who was once reputed to be worth $120 million, had complained of losing a large chunk of his fortune in alimony payments to his two ex-wives, and had been trying to sell his 600-acre ranch in California to raise much-needed funds.

Police said Robin Williams had been found dead in a bedroom at his home by his personal assistant.

Although Robin Williams was famous for his hyperactive comedy brain, he had spent much of his life battling alcoholism, drug abuse and depression.

The actor’s final bout of depression, which several weeks in a rehabilitation clinic had failed to lift, may have been triggered in part by the cancellation of his latest television show The Crazy Ones in May, after just one series.

According to a family friend quoted by Radar Online: “All he could talk about were serious money troubles…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 pay cheque.”

Robin Williams, who was once reputed to be worth $120 million, had complained of losing a large chunk of his fortune in alimony payments to his two ex-wives

Robin Williams, who was once reputed to be worth $120 million, had complained of losing a large chunk of his fortune in alimony payments to his two ex-wives (photo Getty Images)

For the past two years Robin Williams had been trying to sell his ranch in the Napa Valley near San Francisco, saying: “I just can’t afford it anymore.”

Despite dropping the asking price from $34 million to $28.5 million, there had been no takers. Robin Williams had even resorted to selling some of his collection of 50 bicycles to raise cash.

One neighbor who saw the actor in the days before his death said he had become “a shell of himself” and looked “drawn and thin”.

A friend of 30 years who saw Robin Williams at dinner this week said “something did not seem right”, though he added that the actor was known to suffer from mood swings.

Last September, Robin Williams, who had moved into a relatively modest bungalow in Tiburon, near San Francisco, which he inherited from his mother in 2001, spoke about having to “downsize” his life and take roles to “pay the bills” following his divorces from Valerie Velardi in 1988 and Marsha Garces in 2008.

Robin Williams said he was faced with the choice of a stand-up comedy tour, returning to television after 31 years, or taking roles in low-budget films for very low pay.

“The movies are good, but a lot of times they don’t even have distribution,” he said.

“There are bills to pay.”

He went on: “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.”

Robin Williams’ divorces are reported to have cost him $32 million, and he had put a substantial sum into trust funds for his three children Zak, 31, Zelda, 25, and Cody, 22.

Marin County assistant deputy chief coroner Lt. Keith Boyd said Robin Williams was last seen alive at 10.30 PM local time on Sunday, when his wife Susan Schneider went to bed.

Susan Schneider left the house at 10.30 AM on Monday assuming Robin Williams was still asleep in another bedroom, and he was found dead by his personal assistant at 11.55 AM when there was no response to knocks on his bedroom door.

Lt. Keith Boyd said Robin Williams was found “clothed” with a bloodied pocket knife near him and with “several acute superficial transverse cuts” on the inside of his left wrist. He appeared to have been dead for some time.

Despite reports that no suicide note was found, Keith Boyd hinted that there may have been one, saying he was not prepared to discuss “the note, or a note”.

Toxicology reports, which will determine whether Robin Williams had drugs or alcohol in his body at the time of his death, will take at least two weeks to prepare.


Susan Schneider, Robin Williams’ wife of three years, was sleeping in a nearby bedroom at the moment of his suicidal act, the police confirmed.

Robin Williams, 63, was not discovered until the following morning by his personal assistant, after Susan Schneider had left the house to run some errands, believing her husband to still be asleep.

During a police press conference earlier today, Marin County sheriff’s department Lt. Keith Boyd, said that Robin Williams had been last seen at around 10.30 PM on Sunday night by his third wife, Susan Schneider, at their home before she went to bed.

Susan Schneider was Robin Williams’ wife since 2011

Susan Schneider was Robin Williams’ wife since 2011 (photo Getty Images)

It was not confirmed by the police that it was a normal arrangement for the couple to sleep separately, but the Lt. Keith Boyd said that Susan Schneider did not know what time Robin Williams had gone to bed, and his body was discovered in a separate room in the house.

Susan Schneider returned to the family home shortly after emergency personnel arrived at the house, where they pronounced Robin Williams dead at 12:02 local time. Police officials said that Susan Schneider was made aware of Robin Williams’ death prior to returning to their home.

Police would not confirm if a suicide note was found at the scene, but did say they were carrying out a toxicology report for which results could take up to six weeks.

Susan Schneider paid loving tribute to her ”husband and my best friend” saying: “This morning, I lost my husband and my best friend, while the world lost one of its most beloved artists and beautiful human beings.

“I am utterly heartbroken. On behalf of the Robin’s family, we are asking for privacy during our time of profound grief.

“As he is remembered, it is our hope the focus will not be on Robin’s death, but on the countless moments of joy and laughter he game to millions.”


Robin Williams got married for the third time last October after vowing not to tie the knot again following two failed unions, but he took the plunge again last evening as he and his new wife Susan Schneider lit up The Comedy Awards together.

Robin Williams, 60, paraded his younger partner around at the event in New York City, leaving onlookers impressed with his lady’s chic.

Graphic designer Susan Schneider, 47, donned a beige frock which showed off her toned limbs as she posed with her other half inside the Hammerstein ballroom.

Susan Schneider teamed the dress with coordinating peep toe heels, an envelope-style clutch bag and gold accessories.

Robin Williams, who wed Susan Schneider on October 23 last year in St. Helena, California, was honored with the Icon Award at the bash.

In his acceptance speech, Robin Williams called himself “one of the luckiest (bleeps) in show business, with the possible exception of Ryan Seacrest”.

Robin Williams paraded his new wife Susan Schneider at The Comedy Awards in New York

Robin Williams paraded his new wife Susan Schneider at The Comedy Awards in New York

Fellow funny guests included Elisha Cuthbert and Eliza Couple who did a spot of presenting with Adam Pally, who donned a giant slice of bread over his head.

While both blondes sported black frocks, Elisha Cuthbert was noticeably more elegant than her co-presenter who flashed too much flesh in a plunging cowl neckline dress with see through pleated skirt.

Actress Jessica Williams, Kristen Scheel and Amber Nash joined Bridesmaids stars Wendi McLendon-Covey and Maya Rudolph.

Maya Rudolph looked pretty with her brown hair pulled up into a half ponytail, but sported a rather unflattering black shapeless dress with heels.

Wendi McLendon-Covey, who played one of the bridesmaids looked striking in a hot pink number which she teamed with black heels.

The latter’s former Saturday Night Live colleague Amy Poehler also attended with husband Will Arnett who stars in Up All Night.

Former Friends star Matthew Perry, Tracy Morgan and Ty Burrell graced the gold carpet in traditional suited attire.

However, funnyman Reggie Watts stuck out from his peers as he went for the scruffy look, throwing a scarf over his bushy locks and wearing khaki trousers with a hooded top and nail polish.

Bridesmaids won best comedy film with Oscar nominee Melissa McCarthy winning the best actress gong.

NBC’s Parks and Recreation won best comedy series, with its star Amy Poehler winning best actress, while Modern Family’s Ty Burrell took best TV actor.

Robert De Niro took to the stage to make an introduction about Don Rickles’ career before the legendary comic was presented with the Johnny Carson award.

He was followed by Robin Williams, who began a stand up comedy career in the last 1970s before going on to star in TV show Mork and Mindy.

Robin Williams has discussed the first time he saw his in an interview shortly after saying “I do”, Robin Williams said: “I kept thinking, <<She’s so beautiful>>, but I also had the feeling that I knew her.

“I said: <<Don’t I know you?>> I know it sounds like a bad pick-up line. But it’s true.”

Robin Williams says Susan Schneider gave him a fresh perspective on life following a divorce from his second wife of 19 years, Marsha Garces, mother of two of his children, Zelda, 22, and Cody, 19.