Robin Williams’ Funeral To Be Televised? How He’ll Be Remembered

Fri, August 15, 2014 5:35pm EST by 80 Comments

While the world is still grieving over the death of acting legend Robin Williams, who shockingly passed away on Aug. 11, his family is busy planning the funeral. Will the service air live on television? has all the EXCLUSIVE details!

Robin Williams wife, Susan Schneider, 50, is currently making plans for the late actor’s funeral services, which will “likely” take place in Robin’s hometown of San Francisco. The option of televising the funeral (like Michael Jackson’s in 2009) was discussed and a decision has been made.

Robin Williams Funeral To Be Televised?

“The family [won’t televise his funeral] and Robin wouldn’t want that either. He was a funny guy and even though he may have had some deep, dark secrets, and was hurting tremendously inside, he made sure those around him were happy,” a source close to the late actor tells EXCLUSIVELY.

In other words, even though many people would likely appreciate the opportunity to say goodbye to Robin during his funeral service, the actor, who was 63 at the time of his death, wouldn’t want his fans to suffer any longer. And Robin’s funeral would likely evoke some super sad emotions.

Robin Williams Memorial Service: Family Gathers For Touching Goodbye

“The last thing he’d want is for his last memory to be a somber one and to have his family, friends, and fans throw him a pity party. Robin would only want his funeral televised if it were filled with laughter and joy,” our source continues.

So where will the service take place? Right where Robin’s biggest hit, Mrs. Doubtfire, was set.

“Most likely [the funeral will take place] in San Francisco. There may also be a memorial for him down in Los Angeles, but services are likely to be held in San Francisco. His family lives there, and he was a real leader in the community and extremely charitable to different organizations in the area as well. It’s only fitting he’d be buried or spread somewhere in the bay,” our source says.

Robin Williams Suffered From Parkinson’s Disease

Robin’s wife recently revealed that the actor was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease, shortly before his death. The news came as a complete surprise to everyone, including his good friend, Michael J. Fox, 53, who also suffered from the disease.

Michael was diagnosed with the disease in 1991 and he has been a huge advocate for raising awareness to the incurable disease with the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.

“Stunned to learn Robin had PD. Pretty sure his support for our Fdn predated his diagnosis. A true friend; I wish him peace,” Michael tweeted to his followers on Aug. 14.

Our thoughts and prayers continue to go out to Robin’s family and friends during this difficult time.

What do YOU think, HollywoodLifers? Should Robin’s funeral be televised?

– Written by Chris Rogers, Reporting by Eric Ray

More Robin Williams News:

  1. Robin Williams’ Close Friend Michael J. Fox ‘Stunned’ By Parkinson’s News
  2. Rush Limbaugh Slammed For Dissing Robin Williams After Suicide
  3. Robin Williams’ Wife Reveals He Had Parkinson’s Disease In New Statement

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LuWonie Scott

Posted at 2:30 PM on October 22, 2014  

I feel sad everytime I think about this man I grew up watching, loving, admiriring. Because of this pain from his suicidal death, I cannot allow myself to hurt my loved ones that way! Rob, I miss you man R.I.H

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joan jones

Posted at 5:51 PM on August 27, 2014  


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Deborah hartwell

Posted at 3:49 PM on August 25, 2014  

Glad it wasn’t televised. This would have turned into a media circus like Whitney and Michael Jackson Rip you wonderful man pastor hartwell

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Deanna Pringle

Posted at 8:55 AM on August 21, 2014  

No, should be private. Rest in Peace Robin Williams. I am sure Robin is making every one in Heaven laughing. You were a great man and will never be forgotten.

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Gail Burson

Posted at 4:33 PM on August 21, 2014  

I have bipolar disorder too. I know the highs of mania and lowest lows of depression. You are my h
You are my hero.

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Lorraine Anne Longshaw-Harrietha

Posted at 12:25 AM on August 21, 2014  

No, it should be private

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B. Brown

Posted at 11:08 PM on August 20, 2014  

I would like to see a respectful service televised. His many fans are grieving. It is up to the family though. RIP Mr. Williams.

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Rob Crowne

Posted at 11:05 PM on August 20, 2014  


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Posted at 10:29 PM on August 20, 2014  

I really feel like I have lost a family member. Just let his Family have their private moment. We had him since Mork and Mindy……I personally need closure and I’ve only seen him on screen, tv or magazines. Rest Robin Rest…..Prayers to the Family!!!

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Posted at 2:18 PM on August 20, 2014  

Robin Williams went to Redwood High school in Corte Madera and lived with his mom in Tiburon both in Marin County. After Highschool he attended Junior College at College of Marin where he majored in Theater. This idea that San Francisco is his “hometown” is ridiculous. He actually died in the town he was raised in.

In addition the idea of glorifying someone’s life who killed themselves due to depression is horrible. One out of every five Americans suffer from depression. I admire his work immensely and met him twice once when he was an addict and once during his 30 year sobriety. I met two different people. It is his work we should be celebrating not his death. We do not want to send the message that suicide gets this type of attention. We need to send the message that we must try (operative word is try) to watch for the signs of deep depression that can lead to suicide and if possible help our loved ones get immediate help.

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Posted at 2:07 PM on August 20, 2014  


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Reine Obermier

Posted at 11:44 AM on August 20, 2014  

I feel it’s completely up to his family and we should respect their choice weather or not to have a live tv funeral service. They knew the real Robin Williams personally and Loved and love him He was a part of their personal daily life . We knew him as a amazing artist but most of his fans didn’t know the real man and wouldn’t know how he’d like his funeral to be handled only his family and close friends would know what he’d want. That being said it would be nice to have a tv tribute show to the life and times of Robin Williams on a sepperate occasion again only if his family would be comfortable with it . They have a lot on their plate a lot of mixed emotion and questions a tremendous sorrow . Lets let them grieve in their oun way and give them time respect and pray for peace for each of them . Also pray for Robins closest friends that really knew him on a personal level. RIP Robin Williams and many prayers for comfort and Love to his beloved wife and children

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Posted at 4:59 AM on August 20, 2014  

I think the family should have a more respect and space. Is hard for them as it is. He was alive for the world and spent his last days with us. It should be more personal and respected and private. We still have him in our homes and lives. Through his movies and more. God bless his soul and prayers and respect for the family. He was special and a beautiful person to watch. R.i.p robbin and God bless you. Xoxo

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Mikeal Reeves

Posted at 11:53 PM on August 19, 2014  

I would like to see the services but I want the family to do as they wish or his wishes. He was my favorite actor behind Duddly Moore. I am gay and he inspired me to be who I am and not live a lie. He was as I saw always his self and no fake. I will miss him dearly but believe in the after life and will see him again. REST IN PEACE MY DEAR FRIEND!!

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K. Bowering

Posted at 11:20 PM on August 19, 2014  

We are mourning him like we have lost a friend. Someone we have known for many many years. Laughed and cried with him. I feel like we should have the choice to if not see but to at least hear the people who loved him best say goodbye. To give us that finality too. some of us need it just as if we had known him in person as if he was part of our lives because he really was.

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Crystal M.

Posted at 11:16 PM on August 19, 2014  

Robin Williams has & ALWAYS will be my favorite actor & stand up comedian & his death is truly a tragedy!!!! You may be gone but, NEVER FORGOTTEN!!!!🌠🌟🌠💃💙

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Pamela Hoosier

Posted at 8:49 PM on August 19, 2014  

No, Robin Williams services should NOT be televised.
He gave us all he had. that’s good enough.

We should respect his family and close friends, let him RIP.

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Posted at 5:23 PM on August 19, 2014  


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Lorelei Manthorpe

Posted at 12:57 PM on August 19, 2014  

I’m just a mere moral out in this world. I pray I will one day meet Robin when I too make my leave of this world. May The Lord be with Robin’s family for always xxoo
Lorelei manthorpe ……Vancouver Island, BC! Canada

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Sarah Ibbotson

Posted at 12:53 PM on August 19, 2014  

I in all honesty would like the funeral to be televised but out of respect to the family and loved ones i don’t think it should be, the last thing Robin would want is for us to hurt to see him drove to church and buried/cremated which ever his family choose. The only thing i would like to know is if were having a minuet of silence for such a legend which i believe we should! Sarah Ibbotson Cleveland/England

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Brenda Payne Kotoye

Posted at 10:13 AM on August 19, 2014  

I am so sad to hear that such a talented artist did not have the strength to continue. As an artist myself (painter, sculpture ) we sometimes go to places that others can not go and it is hard to rebound, especially when we have personal issues. We have no right to judge my brother only God can and will do that. He also know how many people smiled, no laughed because of Robin😃how many lives he saved by putting a smile on the faces of the hopeless, who now as hope, and a smile for him😍!

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Tim cox

Posted at 12:55 AM on August 19, 2014  

Robin you will be missed. You opened apt of people’s eyes especially the AA Community. Speaking about other issues after sobering up and in ones soberity things such as depression and other illness are discovered treat them and talk to others. I’ve attended server all meetings after this tragic death where they are talking about their depression and not realizing where it could take them. To the family of this great and talented actor your lose is felt in our community and the AA setting. God is a comforter.

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