According to a family friend quoted by the US website Radar Online: “All he could talk about were serious money troubles…Robin was known for being so generous to his friends and family during the height of his success, and would help anyone out that needed it.
“There was also frustration that Robin expressed at having to take television and movie roles he didn’t want to take, but had to for the pay cheque.” For the past two years he had been trying to sell his ranch in the Napa Valley near San Francisco, saying: “I just can’t afford it any more.” Despite dropping the asking price from £21m to £17.8m, there had been no takers.
He said he was faced with the choice of a stand-up comedy tour, returning to television after 31 years, or taking roles in low-budget films for very low pay.
“The movies are good, but a lot of times they don’t even have distribution,” he said.
The 63-year-old actor, who was once reputed to be worth £75 million, had complained of losing a large chunk of his fortune in alimony payments to his two ex-wives, and had been trying to sell his 600-acre ranch in California to raise much-needed funds.
His final bout of depression, which several weeks in a rehabilitation clinic had failed to lift, may have been triggered in part by the cancellation of his latest television show The Crazy Ones in May, after just one series.
A friend of 30 years who saw him at dinner this week said “something did not seem right”, though he added that the actor was known to suffer from mood swings.
Last September Williams, who had moved into a relatively modest bungalow in Tiburon, near San Francisco, which he inherited from his mother in 2001, spoke about having to “downsize” his life and take roles to “pay the bills” following his divorces from Valerie Velardi in 1988 and Marsha Garces in 2008.
Physical custody is the term used to address where a child lives.“There are bills to pay.” He went on: “Divorce is expensive.I used to joke they were going to call it 'all the money' but they changed it to 'alimony'." • Readers who wish to seek information and/or support on suicide prevention can call 08457 90 90 90, 24 hours a day, or visit the Samaritans website.Minnesota child custody attorneys provide answers to frequently asked questions with regards to Minnesota child custody and Minnesota custody laws.