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    Sir Richard Attenborough, affectionately known around the world to those in both the theater and movie business as "Dickie," died on Sunday, according to a statement from his son. The legendary 90-year-old actor, director, and producer had been in poor health for some time.

    While he had achieved major critical acclaim through his career (which began in the 1940s), it wasn't until 1992 when he achieved international face recognition by playing John Hammond, the eclectic theme park owner of Jurassic Park, who decided it was a good idea to bring dinosaurs back to life.

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    Robin Williams' family is trying to do the right thing by the late actor, who tragically took his own life last week. His loving wife Susan Schneider says she is planning on having a small and "very private" memorial for him in his hometown of San Francisco. Despite the millions of fans who adore him and are mourning the loss of the comedian, Schneider and their children were very private, according to family and friends who knew them, and it seems only fitting that they would close off the funeral to tons of celebs and acquaintances.

    Which is why it's even more appalling than usual to learn that the Westboro Baptist Church is planning a protest at Williams' funeral for the most insane reason imaginable: because the actor (awesomely, I will add) played a gay character in the (incredibly awesome) film The Birdcage.

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    As if the suicide of Robin Williams earlier this week could get any sadder, we're now learning that the acclaimed actor may have been struggling with more than "severe depression." According to the late star's wife, Williams was in the early stages of Parkinson's Disease.

    Susan Schneider released a statement on Thursday, saying that he had not succumbed to his infamous addiction issues and that his "sobriety was intact" at the time of his death. She said, "He was brave as he struggled with his own battles of depression, anxiety, as well as early stages of Parkinson's Disease, which he was not yet ready to share publicly."

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    Just because Robin Williams was famous doesn't make it okay for anyone to treat his death with so little respect -- regardless of what that person may think of suicide. The actor's 25-year-old daughter, Zelda Williams, may have found some initial comfort in the many sweet and compassionate messages she received on her Twitter and Instagram accounts after her father committed suicide Monday. Sadly, the few Internet trolls who make it a priority to hurt others with their nasty comments were enough to inspire her to quit using her social media accounts -- at least until she heals.

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    It's only Tuesday and already we've gotten word that a second Hollywood icon has passed away this week. On the heels of Robin Williams' untimely death, Lauren Bacall has died at the age of 89.

    TMZ reports that she died of a stroke in her home on Tuesday. This leading lady of Hollywood's golden age had a career that spanned six decades on both the silver screen and the stage. Her classic sophistication combined with a saucy attitude and timeless good looks ensured her a place in history as one of our most beloved actresses.

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    Robin Williams' family and fans were in a state of shock last night when they discovered that the 63-year-old veteran actor apparently committed suicide. As more reports come out about his hard-fought battle with depression, the tributes have also come pouring in. Everyone from his daughter to the actor who played Rufio with Williams in Hook have obviously been affected by his too-soon passing.

    It's been quite difficult to wrap our minds around the real, devastating effects of mental illness. Williams, though he battled with his addictions, seemed to have it all -- fame, talent, a loving family, movie roles in the works. Little do we know what goes on behind the scenes.

    With the age of social media, honoring Williams' memory is easier than ever. Check out just 20 from the millions of tributes coming in to bid farewell to such a talented man.

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    The world lost a treasure on Monday, as Robin Williams was found dead in his home that morning. The celebrated actor touched countless lives throughout his decades-long career that spanned the genres. No matter what role he played, he brought a thoughtful awareness to each character, and even though we knew it was fiction, we more often than not felt like we could be friends with the people he brought to life.

    Although he started as a comedian, Williams went on to touch our hearts in dramas like Awakenings and Good Will Hunting, for which he won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. He never stopped wanting to make us laugh though, and his last role was his reprisal of Theodore Roosevelt in the third installment of Night at the Museum, out this December.

    In honor of Robin Williams' memory, here are 10 of his best on-screen characters.

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    Beloved actor Robin Williams was found dead in his home Monday morning, August 11, at the age of 63. According to the Sheriff's Office Coroner Division, the cause of death is suspected to be "suicide due to asphyxia," but further investigation is needed before a final determination can be made.

    While his publicist won't comment on the nature of his death, a rep for the Oscar-winner released a statement saying that he has been battling "severe depression" recently. It said, "Robin Williams passed away this morning. He has been battling severe depression of late. This is a tragic and sudden loss. The family respectfully asks for their privacy as they grieve during this very difficult time."

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    Martha Stewart's beloved little sister Laura Plimpton passed away on Tuesday, August 5 from a brain aneurysm in her Connecticut home. It was reported that the 59-year-old was exercising when she developed a headache. She was able to call her second husband for help, but there was nothing that could've been done.

    In an email to her staff, Stewart announced, "My youngest sister, and the youngest of the six Kostyra siblings, Laura Kostyra Plimpton, passed away today in Norwalk Hospital." She continued with obvious affection, "She was an extraordinary employee, mother, wife, and sister."

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    It's been almost four months since 25-year-old British socialite and model Peaches Geldof was found dead in her southeast England home on April 7, and today the official cause of her death has been released. A coroner has ruled that Geldof had codeine, methadone, and morphine in her system, the latter coming from heroin, and that the heroin levels were within the fatal range.

    The confirmation that Geldof died from a heroin overdose isn't surprising, but the inquest revealed sad new details about her addiction. She'd been taking methadone for two and a half years before her death, and according to her husband, she had relapsed in February.

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