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Robin Williams cut wrist before hanging himself with belt

Last updated on: August 13, 2014 17:57 IST

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Oscar-winning actor Robin Williams cut his wrist before hanging himself with a belt, according to reports.

The 63-year-old funnyman was found dead on August 11 in his home in San Fransisco, California.

Marin County Sheriff's Lieutenant Keith Boyd revealed that they discovered several cuts on Williams' left wrist and a pocket knife with a dried red substance at the scene, reported Ace Showbiz.

"Mr Williams' personal assistant was able to gain access to Mr Williams' bedroom and entered the bedroom to find him clothed in a seated position, unresponsive, with a belt secured around his neck with the other end of the (belt) wedged between the... Closet door and the door frame. His right shoulder area was touching the door with his body perpendicular to the door and slightly suspended," Boyd said.

The Good Will Hunting star's final cause of death would be known in several weeks after toxicology tests are completed.

Boyd added, "The forensic examination conducted by Dr Joseph Cohen did not (indicate)... That Mr Williams had been in a struggle prior to him being diseased."

According to the Marin County Sheriff's Department, Williams was last seen alive around 10 pm on August 10 by his wife Susan Schneider.

She didn't know about his later condition because they slept in different bedrooms. In the next morning around 10:30 am, Schneider left their home to run errands, thinking that her husband was still asleep.

Willaims' neighbours have revealed that he was battling depression and was tormented by cash problems before he committed suicide.

Sources revealed that he was in misery at having to return to TV at the age of 63 and signing films that he didn’t want to do, because he was cash strapped as his two divorces had cost him 20 million pounds, the Mirror reported.

They added that he looked terrible and just a shadow of his former self, as he had lost all his weight and look exceptionally gaunt, a few days before he took his own life.

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Golden Age star Lauren Bacall dies at 89

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Hollywood beauty Lauren Bacall, known for starring in films such as To Have and Have Not and Key Largo, has died here at the age of 89.

Bacall died at her home in New York City after suffering an apparent stroke on August 12 morning.

The estate of her first husband Humphrey Bogart, who starred with her in a series of classic movies, confirmed the news on Twitter.

"With deep sorrow, yet with great gratitude for her amazing life, we confirm the passing of Lauren Bacall," the Bogart estate tweeted.

The actress' sultry appearance, smoky voice and provocative roles propelled her to fame, and would inspire generations of actresses.

Her mastery of 'The Look', a suggestive expression where she lowered her head and glanced up, has taken a place in Hollywood lore.

Bacall and Bogart met while filming 1944's To Have And Have Not, the first of their four movies together. The couple married in 1945, had two children, and remained together until Bogart's death in 1957.

She later married actor Jason Robards Jr, with whom she had another child. Robards Jr died in 2000.

Born Betty Joan Perske on September 16, 1924 in the Bronx, the actress had 72 film credits to her name. She began taking modelling and acting classes as a teen, and landed several walk-on roles in theater.

Bacall received her only Academy Award nomination for her supporting role in the 1996 film The Mirror Has Two Faces, where she played Barbara Streisand's mother.

She won two Tony Awards for her stage performances and received the Cecil B DeMille Award for Career Achievement from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association in 1992.

Bacall wrote two memoirs, including Lauren Bacall: By Myself, which won a National Book Award in 1980.


Image: Lauren Bacall
Photographs: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

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Nicky Hilton engaged to bank heir beau James Rothschild

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Nicky Hilton is engaged to her boyfriend James Rothschild after dating for three years.

According to sources, Paris Hilton's younger sister said yes to her banker beau last weekend in Lake Como, Italy and the couple is really excited and incredibly happy, Us Magazine reported.

The 30-year-old hotel heiress and her fiance, who is heir to the famous European banking family, started dating in 2011 after meeting at supermodel Petra Ecclestone and James Stunt's wedding in Italy.

Sources revealed that the couple went on a romantic anniversary trip over the weekend, where Rothschild took her out on a boat into the middle of Lake Como and he proposed by going down on one knee and it was incredibly romantic and beautiful.

Insiders have also revealed that last month, Rothschild flew from England to the States to ask Hilton's parents for her hand in marriage and now the couple is celebrating with a road trip throughout Europe.


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Photographs: Andrew Kelly/Reuters

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Susan Sarandon's daughter Eva Amurri Martino welcomes baby girl

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Eva Amurri Martino, Susan Sarandon's daughter with director Franco Amurri, gave birth to a baby girl.

A representative for the 29-year-old actress told the Hollywood Reporter that she and NBC Sports analyst hubby Kyle Martino, welcomed their first child, Marlowe Mae Martino.

The couple, who tied the knot in 2011, were ecstatic with the new addition to their family, added the rep.


Image: Susan Sarandon and Eva Amurri Martino
Photographs: John Sciulli/Getty Images for Heifer International

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