Westboro Baptist Church May ‘Protest’ at Robin Williams’ Funeral

Oscar-winning actor and comic Robin Williams died at age 63 on Aug. 11, 2014. Three days later his wife said he had recently been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. (Credit: Los Angeles Times)

Oscar-winning actor and comic Robin Williams died at age 63 on Aug. 11, 2014. Three days later his wife said he had recently been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. (Credit: Los Angeles Times)

The memorial service for Robin Williams is expected to be a small, private affair. But that hasn’t stopped members of the Westboro Baptist Church from suggesting that they might picket the event.

Bay Area media organizations have said the actor’s family plans a intimate memorial for the actor. MTV reported there might also be a comedy benefit concert for charity sometime later in Marin County.

Westboro, a Kansas-based group know for hate-filled protests sometimes targeting gays and their supporters, has mentioned the idea of a protest on Twitter several times in recent days. But some who track the group note it often threatens protests that never materialize.

There has been an outpouring of support for Williams and his family since his death last week.

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