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? HollywoodLife.com 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 HollywoodLife.com 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.
“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