When a Film Star Dies | JD Gershbein

August 19, 2014 4:28 PM

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When a Film Star Dies | JD Gershbein

The untimely death of Robin Williams by asphyxiation on August 11, 2014, completely blindsided the world. As the tragic news of his passing broke -- sending television newsroom underlings scrambling to the archives for video clips, and editors to their consoles to cut the montages -- we took to the social channels to express our sorrow and find out what really happened.

I was scooped by my daughter, taking her phone call at the exact moment that I stepped off a homebound train. My response was typical: WHAT? NO WAY! As this is also the age of the celebrity death hoax, I had to conduct my own investigation. So I did what anyone would do in my situation: I punched up...

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