Robin Williams’ widow says his medical afflictions would have claimed his life within three years — “hard years” — and that she doesn’t blame him for his suicide.
Susan Williams said the actor-comedian had not only been told he had Parkinson’s disease, a progressive movement disorder, a few months before his death, but also that a coroner’s report found signs of Lewy body dementia, a difficult-to-diagnose condition that leads to a decline in thinking and reasoning abilities. That may have contributed to the anxiety and depression for which he was treated in his last months, and that likely played a role in his August 2014 suicide.
Though there were many reasons why he ended his life, she said, it may have all come down to one: “I think he was just saying, ‘No.’ And I don’t blame him one bit.” She called him “the bravest man I’ve ever known.”
Mötley Crüe adds Target Center show
Call them the Chers of Heavy Metal: Los Angeles bad boys Mötley Crüe will return to town for their third Twin Cities show since announcing their so-called Final Tour early last year. They will perform at Target Center on Dec. 8 with an opener to be announced. Tickets go on sale Saturday at 10 a.m. through AXS.com and the arena box office for $20-$125. The date is a last-minute add-on between previously announced shows in Sioux Falls, S.D., and Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Apparently the band wasn’t interested in a day off in either city. This follows two previous stops on the Crüe’s farewell odyssey at Xcel Energy Center on Nov. 15, 2014, and then this past Aug. 5. They are officially calling it quits — no really, they mean it, tattooed-pinky-finger-swear — with a trio of shows around New Year’s Eve at Staples Center in Los Angeles.
It’s a girl: Mike Myers and his wife, Kelly, are proud new parents again. A spokeswoman for Myers said daughter Paulina Kathleen was born Monday in New York City. The couple, who have two other children, were “elated,” spokeswoman Ina Treciokas said.
Fire damage: The longtime home of Johnny Mathis in the Hollywood Hills was damaged in a fire. The 80-year-old singer had just flown back to Los Angeles to learn that his home of 56 years caught fire. He said the blaze caused extensive damage and that only a few mementos were spared. “I’m OK, nobody got hurt — that’s always important. We can always replace things,” Mathis said.
IN Passing: Actor and writer Colin Welland, who famously told Hollywood “the British are coming” when he won an Academy Award for “Chariots of Fire,” has died. He was 81. His family said Tuesday that Welland, who had Alzheimer’s disease, died peacefully in his sleep late Monday. His writing credits included the 1979 film “Yanks,” with Vanessa Redgrave and Richard Gere, but his biggest success was “Chariots of Fire” in 1981.