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LOS ANGELES -- The producer of the Emmy Awards says Robin Williams will receive a "meaningful" remembrance during the ceremony.

Producer Don Mischer said plans for the ceremony's traditional "in memoriam" sequence are under discussion. He said in a statement Thursday that Emmy organizers are still coming to terms with Williams' death, but they intend to give him the tribute he deserves.

Williams was found dead Monday in his home in Northern California's Marin County. Officials say he committed suicide.

Williams' wife, Susan Schneider, said Thursday that Williams was in the early stages of Parkinson's disease when he died. He was also struggling with depression and anxiety.

The Emmy Awards will be broadcast Aug. 25 on NBC.

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which shared its Golden Globe spoils with 50 charitable organizations at a dinner Thursday night, altered its planned program to include a tribute to Williams, recognizing his five Golden Globe wins and decades of philanthropy.

"Besides an incredible career as a comedian, as an actor, he did so much when it comes to charities," press association President Theo Kingma said. "He certainly deserves the moment."

-- The Associated Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition August 16, 2014 G2

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