Robin Williams Found Dead From Apparent Suicide
Famed funny man Robin Williams was found dead from an apparent suicide at his Tiburon, California home earlier today, August 11, 2014 according to local police. Robin Williams was 63. From the Marin County Sheriff’s Department:
On August 11, 2014, at approximately 11:55 am, Marin County Communications received a 9-1-1 telephone call reporting a male adult had been located unconsciousand not breathing inside his residence in unincorporated Tiburon, CA. The Sheriff’sOffice, as well as the Tiburon Fire Department and Southern Marin Fire ProtectionDistrict were dispatched to the incident with emergency personnel arriving on scene at12:00 pm. The male subject, pronounced deceased at 12:02 pm has been identified asRobin McLaurin Williams, a 63 year old resident of unincorporated Tiburon, CA.
An investigation into the cause, manner, and circumstances of the death is currentlyunderway by the Investigations and Coroner Divisions of the Sheriff’s Office.Preliminary information developed during the investigation indicates Mr. Williams was last seen alive at his residence, where he resides with his wife, at approximately 10:00 pm on August 10, 2014. Mr. Williams was located this morning shortly before the 9-1-1 call was placed to Marin County Communications. At this time, the Sheriff’s Office Coroner Division suspects the death to be a suicide due to asphyxia, but a comprehensive investigation must be completed before a final determination is made. A forensic examination is currently scheduled for August 12, 2014 with subsequent toxicology testing to be conducted.
Robin Williams was best known for his starring comedic roles in classic movies like Mrs. Doubtfire and Jumanji. Williams also won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of Dr. Sean Maguire in Good Will Hunting which was written by co-stars Matt Damon and Ben Affleck. Williams initially gained noteriety from his role as Mork the zany but loveably alien in the TV show Mork & Mindy, a Happy Days spinoff.
Williams most recent role was in the new CBS sitcom ‘The Crazy Ones’ but it was cancelled after just one season.
Williams’s publicist released a statement this afternoon confirming the actor’s death:
“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.”
His wife, Susan Schneider, also confirmed the news: “This morning, I lost my husband and my best friend, while the world lost one of its most beloved artists and beautiful human beings. I am utterly heartbroken. On behalf of Robin’s family, we are asking for privacy during our time of profound grief. As he is remembered, it is our hope the focus will not be on Robin’s death, but on the countless moments of joy and laughter he gave to millions.”