TIME Crime

Grand Jury to Be Convened in Eric Garner Chokehold Death

Eric Garner died after being placed in a chokehold by police last month

A special grand jury will be convened to determine whether or not to charge police officers in the July chokehold death of a Staten Island man, District Attorney Daniel Donovan announced Tuesday.

A cellphone video of the incident shows deceased Eric Garner, 43, saying “I can’t breathe” after a New York Police Department officer later identified as Daniel Pantaleo placed him in a chokehold. Such a move is banned by the NYPD although permitted under state law. Officers were attempting to arrest Garner on suspicions of selling single cigarettes outside of a store. The medical examiner’s office ruled Garner’s death a homicide.

“I have determined that it is appropriate to present evidence regarding the circumstances of [Eric Garner's] death to a Richmond County Grand Jury,” said a statement released by Donovan’s office to SILive. “Yesterday, the Court granted my application for the impaneling of an additional Grand Jury and I intend to utilize that Grand Jury sometime next month to begin presenting evidence on this matter.”

The special grand jury would have to unanimously vote to indict either Pantaleo or another officer. No witnesses have been named.

[SILive]

 

TIME Television

Watch David Letterman Pay Tribute to Robin Williams on Late Show

"I had no idea the man was in pain"

David Letterman returned to the Late Show on Monday and paid tribute to his friend, the late Robin Williams, who had died while the show was on a summer break.

Letterman had known Williams for 38 years. They met at the the Comedy Store in West Hollywood, where Letterman says he watched Williams’ first set at the club.

During his tribute, Letterman lamented Williams’ passing and his depression. “I had no idea that the man was in pain, that the man was suffering,” he said.

TIME Television

Watch Late Night Hosts Pay Tribute to Robin Williams

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

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.”

TIME celebrities

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.


TIME celebrity

WATCH: Hollywood Reacts to Death of Robin Williams

Comedians, actors and entertainers pay tribute to the late star

Like the rest of the nation, actors, comedians and entertainers were shocked by the sudden death of superstar talent Robin Williams. Celebrity reactions to his apparent suicide have flooded media both social and traditional, with many paying tribute to their own personal relationships with the late star.

Steve Martin referred to him as a great talent and a genuine soul. Kathy Griffin tweeted of how every moment shared with Williams was a pivotal one, and that it was a comic’s dream to be in his presence. Judd Apatow wrote about the lengths he went to simply be near the legendary comic, saying that he took an internship at Comic Relief at the age of 18 in order to work with Williams.

Billy Crystal wrote poignantly, “No words.”

Other comedians such as Jimmy Kimmel and Chelsea Handler marked the tragedy by attempting to raise awareness of depression, telling those in need of support to not be afraid to reach out for help, and to remain strong.

TIME movies

Where to Watch Robin Williams’ Best Movies

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Actor Robin Williams talks about his film, "License to Wed" on NBC News' TODAY on June 28, 2007 NBC NewsWire--NBC NewsWire via Getty Images

Looking to revisit some of your favorite Robin Williams film moments? Here's a list of places to watch online

With the news that actor and comedian Robin Williams has died at age 63—he was found at his home in California after an apparent suicide on Monday—fans around the world have been left reeling.

From Twitter to late night, tributes have poured in for a man who, for many, defined comedy. From the tone and emotion behind many of the remembrances, it’s become apparent that there are many people who not only admired the actor—they felt genuinely moved by him. Whether it was Mork from Mork and Mindy or Dr. Sean Maguire in Good Will Hunting or the Genie from Aladdin, everyone seems to have their own favorite Robin Williams moment or character that they hold dear. It’s not surprising: Williams was an absolute master of creating a character that resonated with people one way or another.

For those looking to revisit your favorite Robin Williams moment—or even camp out and watch a whole marathon of his movies—we’ve compiled a list of places where you can stream or rent online some of his best and most memorable films.

  • Popeye (1980) — Netflix
  • Good Morning, Vietnam (1987) — Amazon
  • Dead Poets Society (1989) — Amazon
  • Awakenings (1990) — Amazon
  • The Fisher King (1991) — Netflix
  • Hook (1991) — Netflix
  • Mrs. Doubtfire (1993) — Amazon
  • Jumanji (1995) — Netflix
  • The Birdcage (1996) — Netflix
  • Good Will Hunting (1997) — Hulu
  • Patch Adams (1998) — Amazon
  • What Dreams May Come (1998) — Amazon
  • Insomnia (2002) — Amazon
  • One Hour Photo (2002) — Amazon
  • Man of the Year (2006) — Amazon
  • Night at the Museum (2006) — Amazon
TIME celebrities

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

“God bless Robin Williams”

Late-night comedian Conan O’Brien had almost wrapped up his Monday night show when news broke that his friend and fellow comic Robin Williams had died.

A visibly stunned O’Brien then told the hushed studio audience, apologizing to them for having to do so. Co-host Andy Richter and guest Will Arnett appeared shocked.

“This is absolutely shocking and horrifying and so upsetting on every level,” said O’Brien. “We’re at the end of the show and it felt like it needed to be acknowledged.”

Arnett went on to poignantly reminisce on the kindness Williams had always shown to friends and colleagues.

“He was even better as a person,” said Arnett. “He was one of the loveliest and sweetest and kindest guys I’ve ever worked with.”

TIME Mental Illness

Robin Williams’ Depression Struggles May Go Back Decades

The storied comedian and actor Robin Williams had spent time at a rehab facility this summer to maintain his sobriety, his publicist said.

“This morning, I lost my husband and my best friend, while the world lost one of its most beloved artists and beautiful human beings,” Williams’ wife Susan Schneider said in a written statement on Monday afternoon. According to the local sheriff’s office, coroners believe Williams may have committed suicide by asphyxia, and the actor’s representative said he had been “battling severe depression of late.”

While the representative did not elaborate on the potential source of his recent depression, one-third of people with major depression also struggle with alcoholism, and Williams admitted to abusing both cocaine and alcohol during the height of his popularity in the 1970s as alien Mork on Mork & Mindy, which showcased his manic improvisational style. He quit using drugs and alcohol in 1983 and remained sober for 20 years after the birth of his first son.

But in a revealing interview in the Guardian, Williams admitted that while working in Alaska in 2003, he felt “alone and afraid” and turned to the bottle because he thought it would help. For three years, he believed it did, until his family staged an intervention and he went into rehab, he told the Guardian. “I was shameful, did stuff that caused disgust — that’s hard to recover from,” he said then.

He said he attended weekly AA meetings, and this July, People.com reported that Williams spent several weeks at Hazelden Addiction Treatment Center in Minnesota, for what his representatives said was an “opportunity to fine-tune and focus on his continued commitment [to sobriety], of which he remains extremely proud.”

Studies suggest that alcoholism and depression may feed each other. People who are depressed are more vulnerable to abusing alcohol than those who don’t experience depressive episodes, and those who drink heavily are also more likely to experience depression. The latest evidence also hints that the same genes may be responsible for both conditions, and depression is a strong risk factor for suicide. About 90% of people who take their own lives are diagnosed with depression or other mental disorders. Suicide is also more likely among baby boomers, according to 2013 data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The coroner’s office is continuing its investigation into Williams’ death.

TIME Television

Game of Thrones Season 5 Actor Dies Shortly After Filming New Role

Actor J.J. Murphy, who was slated to play Ser Denys Mallister, the oldest member of the Night's Watch in the upcoming fifth season of Game of Thrones, died on August 8, 2014 at the age of 86.
Actor J.J. Murphy, who was slated to play Ser Denys Mallister, the oldest member of the Night's Watch in the upcoming fifth season of Game of Thrones, died on August 8, 2014 at the age of 86. Independent Agency—Youcef Boubetnikh

The 86-year-old was set to play Ser Denys Mallister, the oldest member of the Night's Watch in the show's upcoming fifth season

Belfast-born actor J.J. Murphy, who was slated to play Ser Denys Mallister, the oldest member of the Night’s Watch in the upcoming fifth season of Game of Thrones, died on Friday at the age of 86. He had begun filming his scenes in Northern Ireland — where much of the popular HBO drama is filmed — last week. HBO has not yet said whether the role would be recast or Murphy’s scenes would be re-written.

According to The Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Murphy served as a mentor to many young actors in the region, including Liam Neeson.

It’s not clear whether Murphy’s untimely death will cause a snag in production for the upcoming season, but — given the size of the role — it isn’t likely to have a significant impact on scheduling.

[via Belfast Telegraph]

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