Robin Williams' longtime publicist has dismissed reports suggesting money worries may have led to the actor's apparent suicide.
The beloved Oscar winner as found hanged at his home in Marin County, California on Monday (11Aug14), and speculation has been swirling surrounding his reasons for taking his life ever since.
But now Williams' publicist Mara Buxbaum, who revealed her friend and client was suffering from depression at the time of his death, has shot rumours about financial woes, telling TheWrap.com, "Robin had no financial problems. We should be blessed to have Robin's financial status."
Much of the speculation stemmed from an interview Williams did with Parade magazine last year (13), in which he discussed his decision to return to television to star The Crazy Ones, saying, "The idea of having a steady job is appealing. I have two other choices: go on the road doing stand-up, or do small, independent movies working almost for scale (minimum union pay)... There are bills to pay."
According to Buxbaum, Williams often said things "in jest" which "don't translate in print", insisting that the comedian took on the Tv gig because of show creator David E. Kelley and the material, not to earn more money.
She continues, "I understand the desire to understand the 'Why'. It's not going to happen. The better thing to do is to try to understand severe depression. That isn't going to be answered, and you can speculate all you want."
Williams' net worth was an estimated $50 million (£30 million), according to Forbes magazine.