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Watch Late Night Hosts Pay Tribute to Robin Williams

Jimmy Fallon, Seth Meyers and Conan O'Brien remember the late comedian during their shows

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Late night hosts including Jimmy Fallon and Seth Meyers addressed the death of Robin Williams Tuesday night. Tonight Show host Fallon, near tears, said, “He was one of a kind. He was one in a million.” Meyers took a moment to express his condolences to Williams’ family on his show, Late Night with Seth Meyers.

Late night host Conan O’Brien earlier broke the news to his audience during the taping of his show Monday night. He told his audience Tuesday night, “What I think a lot of people don’t know…is how crazily generous– he was so generous.”

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Remembering Robin Williams (1951–2014)

TIME will publish a special commemorative issue on Robin Williams to hit newsstands and tablets on Friday, Aug. 15. The issue includes tributes from Dick Cavett, Alan Alda, Joan Rivers, Patch Adams, Jim Norton, Gilbert Gottfried, Margaret Cho, Lewis Black, Nathan Lane, Bill Maher and more, as well as remembrances from TIME critics Richard Corliss and James Poniewozik.

The cover features a photograph of Williams by Nigel Parry taken in 2007. This is the second time that Williams has appeared on the cover of TIME; he was first on the cover as the character Mork on March 12, 1979.

Corliss writes in Williams’ obituary, “He could play anyone, but not just one: not ‘just’ Robin Williams. All those voices in the head of this comic Hamlet must have told him it was time to be quiet. The rest is silence.”

Dick Cavett: “Robin and I agreed once that it’s galling to hear — when you’re ‘in it’ — the question: ‘What have you got to be depressed about?’ The great British actor and comedian, Stephen Fry, a fellow sufferer, replies ‘And what have you got to have asthma about?'”

Alan Alda: “For years, we had watched with awe as a Niagara of wit poured from his unconscious. Where did that manic waterfall of funny have its source? … Unfortunately, sometimes the mind that runs so fast it can’t keep up with itself also has its downtime. I didn’t know he suffered from depression, although it doesn’t surprise me. But it makes me want to do something. I hope it makes us all want to do something.”

Joan Rivers: “Robin was one of the great interviews. You’d see him coming down that red carpet and you knew, O.K., now we’re gonna have fun. We’re not gonna hear the usual, ‘Yes, we all love each other on the set.’ The one I remember most is, I had this incredible dress, I think it was Dior, with great big gold feathers on the top, absolutely beautiful. I was looking so snappy, I thought. And he came up and did five minutes on looking for eggs in my top, because I looked like a chicken. It was fabulously insane. He made like a chicken, and was clucking, and looking for eggs. Hilarious.”

Patch Adams: “While watching him work on the set of the film based on my life — Patch Adams — I saw that whenever there was a stressful moment, Robin would tap into his improvisation style to lighten the mood of cast and crew. Also, I would like to point out, Robin would be especially kind toward my children when they would visit the set … I’m enormously grateful for his wonderful performance of my early life, which has allowed the Gesundheit Institute to continue and expand our work.”

Jim Norton: “The funniest people I know always seem to be the ones surrounded by darkness. And that’s probably why they’re the funniest. The deeper the pit, the more humor you need to dig yourself out of it … There is simply no way Robin could have understood the way the rest of us saw him. And there is simply no way he could have understood how much respect and adoration other performers had for him. At least I hope he didn’t understand. Because it’s too sad to think that maybe he did understand, and it just wasn’t enough anymore.”

Gilbert Gottfried: “He worshipped Jonathan Winters, and you definitely could see the similarities. One big one is that they were the same on stage and off. Every now and then he would talk seriously, but more often than not, he was that guy. Every now and then, another part of him would pop up that was quiet.”

Margaret Cho: “When I started comedy in San Francisco in the ’80s, Robin would hang around the clubs I started doing shows at and grew up next to … He was the patriarch of our little clan of comedians in San Francisco. All of us looked at him, in a way, as a father figure. That’s why this is so upsetting.”

Nathan Lane:One day in 1995 while riffing in the character of a snobby French toy-store owner, Robin made me laugh so hard and so long that I cried. It seemed to please him to no end. Yesterday I cried again at the thought that he was gone.”

Lewis Black: “[On the USO tours], the amount of energy he brought when we would get off of a helicopter and walk toward the troops — the amount of energy he gave to them was unbelievable. It was really incredible to be in that kind of giving presence … It’s proof again that the good die young, and pricks live forever. He’s gonna be missed. There’s a hole, and it’s gonna take a long time to be filled.”

See TIME’s ongoing coverage of Robin Williams here.

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Justin Bieber Won’t Go to Jail on That Miami DUI Charge

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This Jan. 23, 2014 file photo made available by the Miami Beach Police Dept., shows Justin Bieber at the police station in Miami Beach, Fla. AP

But he's not out of legal hot water yet

Justin Bieber is basically off the hook for engaging in what looked like an illegal drag race through Miami this past winter. On Wednesday, he will plead guilty to two misdemeanor charges — careless driving and resisting arrest without violence — as part of a court deal to avoid the initial driving-under-the-influence charge that could have yielded more serious legal consequences.

He won’t be serving any jail time, to the relief of Beliebers everywhere. Instead, he’ll make a charitable donation of $50,000 and take an anger-management course, Variety reports.

Police in Miami Beach pulled him over after midnight on Jan. 23 for driving at excessive speeds — as fast as 130 m.p.h. at one point — in a rented Lamborghini. Reports say he had marijuana and Xanax in his system at the time.

Bieber has had his fair deal of legal trouble recently. Last month, he paid more than $80,000 in damages after egging a neighbor’s house in Los Angeles. In his hometown of Toronto, meanwhile, he faces charges of assaulting a limo driver last December, though his attorneys — who will appear in his stead in court on Wednesday — insist he’s innocent.

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Robin Williams’ Family Remembers the ‘Gentle, Loving’ Actor

Zelda Williams
Zelda Williams arrives at the Abercrombie & Fitch: “The Making of a Star” Spring Campaign Party in Los Angeles on Feb. 22, 2014 Richard Shotwell—Invision/AP

His children and second wife release heart-wrenching statements about Williams' death

Robin Williams had a child with his first wife, Valerie Velardi, and two kids with his second wife, Marsha Garces Williams, the woman who had been his first kid’s nanny. At the time of Williams’ death, he was married to his third wife, Susan Schneider. It all seems pretty complicated, but clearly the family all had a lot of affection for the man they were all connected to. The kids, Zak, 31, Zelda, 25, and Cody, 22, and his second wife Marsha all released statements about Williams’ death and they’re pretty heart-wrenching.

Zelda’s is the saddest.

“My family has always been private about our time spent together. It was our way of keeping one thing that was ours, with a man we shared with an entire world. But now that’s gone, and I feel stripped bare. My last day with him was his birthday, and I will be forever grateful that my brothers and I got to spend that time alone with him, sharing gifts and laughter. He was always warm, even in his darkest moments. While I’ll never, ever understand how he could be loved so deeply and not find it in his heart to stay, there’s minor comfort in knowing our grief and loss, in some small way, is shared with millions. It doesn’t help the pain, but at least it’s a burden countless others now know we carry, and so many have offered to help lighten the load. Thank you for that.
To those he touched who are sending kind words, know that one of his favorite things in the world was to make you all laugh. As for those who are sending negativity, know that some small, giggling part of him is sending a flock of pigeons to your house to poop on your car. Right after you’ve had it washed. After all, he loved to laugh too…
Dad was, is and always will be one of the kindest, most generous, gentlest souls I’ve ever known, and while there are few things I know for certain right now, one of them is that not just my world, but the entire world is forever a little darker, less colorful and less full of laughter in his absence. We’ll just have to work twice as hard to fill it back up again.”
— Zelda Williams

Zak and Cody have less to say, but it’s just as heartfelt.

“Yesterday, I lost my father and a best friend and the world got a little grayer. I will carry his heart with me every day. I would ask those that loved him to remember him by being as gentle, kind, and generous as he would be. Seek to bring joy to the world as he sought.”
— Zak Williams

“There are no words strong enough to describe the love and respect I have for my father. The world will never be the same without him. I will miss him and take him with me everywhere I go for the rest of my life, and will look forward, forever, to the moment when I get to see him again.”
— Cody Williams

And clearly, Marsha, who also worked on some of Williams’ films as a producer, still had a lot of affection for her former husband.

“My heart is split wide open and scattered over the planet with all of you. Please remember the gentle, loving, generous — and yes, brilliant and funny — man that was Robin Williams. My arms are wrapped around our children as we attempt to grapple with celebrating the man we love, while dealing with this immeasurable loss.”
— Marsha Garces Williams

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21 Gorgeous Photos of Lauren Bacall

A classic Hollywood star, Bacall was known for her sultry looks and elegant style. As TIME wrote when she first made a name for herself in To Have and Have Not, in 1944, “Lauren Bacall has cinema personality to burn, and she burns both ends against an unusually little middle… She has a javelinlike vitality, a born dancer's eloquence in movement, a fierce female shrewdness and a special sweet-sourness”

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Here’s Footage From Lauren Bacall’s Wedding to Humphrey Bogart

That is one sexy cake cutting

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This footage from Paramount pictures, shot on May 21, 1945, shows 20-year-old Lauren Bacall getting married to 45-year-old Humphrey Bogart, at a farmhouse in Lucas, Ohio. They look pretty darn in love.

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Joan Rivers: Why Robin Williams Was a Great Red Carpet Interview

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"You popped the champagne cork when you said hello to him," she says

Joan Rivers is an authority on red carpet interviews — and the veteran comedian says Williams was one of the best celebrities to chat with, both for his candor and his zany humor. Below, Rivers reflects on his more serious roles:

“Robin was one of the great interviews. You’d see him coming down that red carpet and you knew, OK, now we’re gonna have fun. We’re not gonna hear the usual, ‘Yes, we all love each other on the set.’ The one I remember most is, I had this incredible dress, I think it was Dior, with great big gold feathers on the top, absolutely beautiful. I was looking so snappy, I thought. And he came up and did five minutes on looking for eggs in my top, because I looked like a chicken. It was fabulously insane. He made like a chicken, and was clucking, and looking for eggs. Hilarious.

He was very wild. The only one you could compare him with in terms of style was Jonathan Winters. Both of them crazy mad, going into characterizations, in and out, in and out. Such ADD. It’s like you open the capsule and everything came out, all the air came rushing out. You popped the champagne cork when you said hello to him.

He was an incredible actor. [His comedy bits] were all acting bits. They may have been funny, but he became the crazy man, he became the duck. You forget, for all the things he did, he also did Waiting for Godot on Broadway, he did Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo. I was waiting for him to do King Lear. I think he would have been great. He came from Juilliard with Patty Lupone and Christopher Reeve. That was a big class he came from. He also had a really formal upbringing. He came from an upper middle class family, very educated, very well-read, very knowledgable about everything, about literature. The references would be so amazing. Even to do Dead Poets Society, he knew what he was talking about when he was talking about the poetry. He was incredible. Everyone’s talking about the comedy, but I’m talking about The Fisher King, What Dreams May Come, Awakenings. Everyone forgets all the serious, wonderful things he did, not just Mrs. Doubtfire.

We all flew into New York to do a Richard Pryor roast, and everybody was on the dais — Don Rickles, David Brenner, Garry Shandling, All of comedy was on the dais at the Waldorf Astoria. Next to last was Robin, and he blew everybody out of the ballpark. He was so above all of us. He was incredible. Very special.”

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Robin Williams, 1951-2014

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Complete coverage from TIME.com

News:

Actor Robin Williams Dies at 63

Fans Are Turning Robin Williams Landmarks into Impromptu Memorials

Robin Williams Hanged Himself, Police Say

Robin Williams Neighbors Remember ‘Beloved’ Local Legend

Remembering Robin Williams, 1951-2014

Remembrances:

Alan Alda: A Niagara of Wit Falls Silent

Jim Norton: Why the Funniest People Are Sometimes the Saddest

Lewis Black Remembers Robin Williams: He Was “On Another Level”

Gilbert Gottfried on Robin Williams: “It Was Such a Workout Playing Off Someone Like That”

Richard Dawkins Remembers Robin Williams’ Poetic Comic Genius

Nathan Lane on Robin Williams: “[He] Made Me Laugh So Hard and So Long That I Cried”

Margaret Cho Remembers Robin Williams: He Was a ‘Father Figure’

Louie Anderson on Robin Williams: “He Came Through Loud and Clear to Your Heart”

Robin Williams’ Daughter Pays Tribute to Her Father

An Army Suicide Widow Remembers Robin Williams With a Smile

Joan Rivers: Why Robin Williams Was a Great Red Carpet Interview

Bill Maher: ‘You Could Just Tell There Was a Humanity in Robin Williams’

Patch Adams: ‘Thank You for All You’ve Given This World Robin, Thank You My Friend’

Photographers Remember a Legendary Actor

Robin Williams: Comic Jen Kirkman Says He ‘Wasn’t Jaded’

Dick Cavett: Robin Williams Won’t Be the Last Suicidal Star

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Robin Williams’ Life in Pictures

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Watch Conan O’Brien Announce Robin Williams’ Death to a Stunned Audience

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Why We Aren’t Better at Preventing Suicide

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Why Robin Williams Was a Millennial Hero

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Why You Probably Have More Mental Health Care Options Than You Think (Money)

Watch Robin Williams Explain Sports

Robin Williams’ Most Memorable Lines

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8 Facts You Might Not Have Known About Robin Williams

Robin Williams’ Family Remembers the ‘Gentle, Loving’ Actor

Robin Williams’ Daughter Quits Social Media After Being Trolled

The Psychology of the Sad Clown

Robin’s Pain: The Mystery of Suicide—and How to Prevent It

Check back as we continue to update our coverage.

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Gilbert Gottfried on Robin Williams: “It Was Such a Workout Playing Off Someone Like That”

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Williams was "the same onstage and off," Gottfried says

It wasn’t easy keeping up with Robin Williams, who died Monday at age 63. Comedian and friend Gilbert Gottfried described joking around with the late actor as dizzying. Here, Gottfried remembers the first time he met Williams:

“We would run into each other at comedy clubs when he’d be on stage, and we’d riff off each other. That was always very invigorating, because with someone like him you had to keep on your toes every second. I don’t really remember much about the times we were on stage because it was so strenuous. It was such a workout playing off someone like that, that when I got offstage, I was pretty much dizzy afterwards.

He worshipped Jonathan Winters, and you definitely could see the similarities. One big one is that they were the same onstage and off. Every now and then he would talk seriously, but more often than not, he was that guy. Every now and then, another part of him would pop up that was quiet.

The first time I met him, he showed up at the Improv. I was supposed to go on next, and they told him he would go on next, and he said, ‘Let Gilbert go on, because there are some people in the audience and I want them to see him.’ Then, when I got off stage, I was very pleased that he was laughing and rubbing his eyes. He went, ‘Oh, you really baked my cookies.’ I wasn’t quite sure whether to take it as a compliment.”

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Robin Williams Hanged Himself, Police Say

Robin Williams before his performance at the Ted Constant Convocation Center in Norfolk
Robin Williams before his performance at the Ted Constant Convocation Center in Norfolk, Va., on Oct. 28, 2009 Jay Paul—The New York Times/Redux

Confirming reports he committed suicide

Robin Williams died because of asphyxia from hanging himself in his California home, police said Tuesday, confirming a day after the actor’s death that he had committed suicide.

The Marin County Sheriff’s Office also said Williams, who was 63, suffered “acute superficial” cuts to his wrist, and that a pocket blade was found near his body. A forensic examination showed no signs of a struggle, and toxicology results for Williams, who had long struggled with substance abuse and depression, won’t be available for about two to six weeks, police said.

Williams was last seen by his wife at 10:30 p.m. local time on Sunday when she went to bed. Williams’ personal assistant became concerned the next day when the actor failed to respond to knocks on his bedroom door. Upon entering, the assistant found Williams “clothed in a seated position, unresponsive, with a belt around his neck,” Lieutenant Keith Boyd told reporters during a news conference. He was pronounced dead shortly after noon on Monday.

Fans of the late comedian and actor gathered near the news conference in San Rafael, Calif., on Tuesday.

“It surprises me that someone who was so loved felt so alone,” said Leigh Carliglio of Contra Costa County. “He was loved, he was wonderful. This is devastating.”

She particularly remembers Mork & Mindy and then quickly adds Mrs. Doubtfire and Aladdin. “All of them.”

She was surprised to find out how he died. “We need more care for mental-health patients. We don’t understand how deep depression runs.”

Other fans filmed the news conference with their cell phones, lamenting how “a whole generation” grew up with Williams’ character in Mork & Mindy.

Outside Williams’ home in nearby Tiburon sat flower bouquets and notes address to “Robin.” A few fans lingered. “Anything he was in, I would go see it,” one said. “It’s just devastating. I have depression in my family.”

— Katy Steinmetz reported from San Rafael and Tiburon, Calif.


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