Robin Williams‘s publicist vehemently denies the late actor was experiencing money difficulties before his death.
“Robin had no financial problems,” said Williams’s rep, Mara Buxbaum, to The Wrap. “We should be blessed to have Robin’s financial status.”
The Oscar-winning actor was found dead Monday in his home in Tiburon, California. The cause of death was ruled suicide by hanging, according to Marin County Sheriff. Buxbaum, president of ID-PR, confirmed he had been “battling severe depression of late.”
Since his death, a number of media outlets have speculated that Williams was having financial woes based on a September 2013 interview.
“The idea of having a steady job is appealing,” Williams told Parade on his return to television. “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.”
— Yahoo (@Yahoo) August 14, 2014
During the interview, Williams said his divorces where hitting his wallet hard.
“Well, [I didn’t lose] all [my money],” said Buxbaum. “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.”
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According to Buxbaum, it was said as a joke.
“Robin often said things in jest, and sometimes it just doesn’t translate in print,” she said.
“There were plenty of times over the years that Robin was offered to do TV,” she continued. “Robin wanted to do The Crazy Ones because of [show creator] David Kelley and the material. That’s why he took the show… not because he needed the money.
“I understand the desire to understand the ‘Why’… 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.”
Forbes estimated Williams’s net worth to be around $50 million.
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In 2009, the actor set up a trust for his children, which was set up to be paid out in thirds when they reached the ages of 21, 25, and 30.
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