by Josie Ensor, Nick Allen, The Telegraph,
&National Post Wire Services |August 13, 2014
He felt that acting in films “brought out his demons” because he invested so much energy in them and left him “drained” and vulnerable to depression, the friend said.
“He wasn’t poor, but the money wasn’t rolling in any more and life is expensive when you have to pay off two ex-wives and have a family to support,” the friend said.
.The cancellation of his latest television series, The Crazy Ones, for which he was paid about $160,000 an episode, had “hit hard” because “it was helping pay the bills.” Mr. Williams, 63, who had not started work on the second Mrs. Doubtfire film, had also told him that open heart surgery in 2009 “had left him feeling like a mortal for the first time” and “he didn’t like how that felt”.
Mr. Williams’ grieving daughter quit Twitter and Instagram after online “trolls” bullied and taunted her over her father’s suicide.
Zelda Williams, 25, said she was left “shaking” after being sent a mortuary photograph said to show her father’s body. It was actually a picture taken several years ago of another man who died from asphyxiation and bore a passing resemblance to the actor.
.The two Twitter users who sent her the pictures and verbally abused her have been suspended by the site.
.“We will not tolerate abuse of this nature on Twitter,” Twitter said in a statement. “We have suspended a number of accounts related to this issue for violating our rules and we are in the process of evaluating how we can further improve our policies to better handle tragic situations like this one. This includes expanding our policies regarding self-harm and private information, and improving support for family members of deceased users.”
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