Robin Williams Dead at 63, Reported Suicide (VIDEO)

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Very sad news. Veteran actor and comedian, Robin Williams, has died at 63 of a suspected suicide.  The actor’s publicist reports that a had been battling depression prior to his death.

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Here’s the full statement from the Marin County sheriff’s office:

On August 11, 2014, at approximately 11:55 a.m, Marin County Communications received a 9-1-1 telephone call reporting a male adult had been located unconscious and not breathing inside his residence in unincorporated Tiburon, CA. The Sheriff’s Office, as well as the Tiburon Fire Department and Southern Marin Fire Protection District were dispatched to the incident with emergency personnel arriving on scene at 12:00 pm. The male subject, pronounced deceased at 12:02 pm has been identified as Robin McLaurin Williams, a 63-year-old resident of unincorporated Tiburon, CA.

An investigation into the cause, manner, and circumstances of the death is currently underway by the Investigations and Coroner Division s 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.

A statement from Robin’s publicist, Mara Buxbaum:

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 released a statement:

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.

Robin, a four-time Oscar nominee, won a supporting actor Oscar for Good Will Hunting. He most recently starred in the CBS comedy, The Crazy Ones, which only lasted a season. He starred in the the feature Angriest Man in Brooklyn, with Mila Kunis, Melissa Leo and Peter Dinklage.

A film star for decades, Robin came to prominence as a stand up comedian, known for his rapid and inventive stream of consciousness routines. He brought that sensibility to the long running (1978-1982) TV sitcom, Mork and Mindy.

Mork and Mindy was a spin off of Happy Days. Here is Mork meeting The Fonz (Henry Winkler)

Robin’s next project is the movie, Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, set for theaters December 19.

He recently checked in to a “renewal center” in an effort to maintain his sobriety. Struggles with cocaine and alcohol abuse sent Robin into rehab in the 80s. In 2006, he entered rehab for alcohol abuse.

Robin leaves behind 3 children. Son, Zachary, with first wife Valerie, daughter Zelda and son Cody, with second wife Marsha.

Via The Hollywood Reporter

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69 Comments

  1. I remember as a kid, watching Mork and Mindy reruns on tv during my summer breaks. Robin has been a favorite actor of mine ever since. Such a tragic event.

  2. He was very flexible, a manic wit but he could be heart a wrenching actor. I wonder if he was bipolar. So quick, but sometimes even genius is a curse and he surely was a genius. I wish he could have been granted some peace. Maybe he now has it. Rest, Robin, you deserve it.

  3. I’m just sickened and saddened by this tragic news. You can’t help but wonder what demons lurked deep within.May he rest in peace.

  4. I believe so. I know that he has spoken in past interviews about having strong mood swings.

  5. Just sad news that such a talented comic and actor could not deal with his demons. Sometimes crazy and manic; others times the funniest man in town. RIP Robin.

  6. I am so very sad…I watched Mork and Mindy and so many others. He will be greatly missed. His family is in my prayers.

  7. My personal favorite was when he played Peter Pan. I used to literally laugh until my stomach would ache. Depression is a horrible disorder to have. It’s like being underwater and you can’t get above it, and it can overwhelm you at any moment. I hope he is at rest now.

  8. My mother was bipolar. The medications for it don’t work for everyone and didn’t for her, but as she aged she was a lot better even without them. His mood swongs could have improved as he aged. Not giving it a chance was his right; sometimes the tunnel is too dark, but I wish he had for selfish reasons. He brought the world a lot of joy.

  9. Kelly Clarkson @kelly_clarkson · 1h

    Devastating finding out about @robinwilliams today. He was an amazing talent and incredibly sweet. So sad.

  10. So sad. Man, so many bad news this summer!
    He was one of my favorite actors. Loved him in Good Will Hunting and in so many other movies.
    Once again a reminder that fame and fortune does´t necessarily mean happiness.
    RIP Robin.

  11. Some celeb deaths hit harder than others, this one hits really hard. He brought so much joy to others for so many years. Hope he can now find what he was searching for.

  12. They really need to work on better medications for depression. They just aren’t very good.

  13. Phillip Phillips ?@Phillips
    Unreal about Robin Williams. Such an amazing actor. Got to meet him one time. Very nice man. Prayers are with his family and friends.

  14. And here’s a recent one from her to him for his birthday:

    Kelly Clarkson @kelly_clarkson · Jul 21

    Happy Birthday @robinwilliams :)Thank u for being one of those awesome celebrities that live up 2 what I hoped you’d be like! #fromacrazyone

    There’s been so many that have met him that have expressed the same sentiments. :(

  15. Depression is no joke. He was a multi-talented guy. Very, very sad news.

  16. James Durbin ?@DurbinRock 10m
    It hurts to smile. My heart & soul go out to your family & friends. I’ll never forget how you’ve inspired me all my life. RIP @robinwilliams

  17. The work of Robin Williams:

    His IMDB page which blows your mind:
    http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000245/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1

    As the DJ in Good Morning Vietnam (incredible):
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Erf2iFHG44M

    Directing a dancer in The Birdcage:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mXkApy0gkjM

    A monologue in Good Will Hunting for which he won his Oscar:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NBjWHfBHKos

    As the Genie in Aladdin, with his manic delivery on high octane:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HLQLFJrV_o4

    The “seize the day” speech from Dead Poet’s Society:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w8fu-hq3S7A

    As the Russian refugee from Moscow on the Hudson:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZL-Up0ej8Vo

    Good night, Robin.

  18. Sad news. Sorry he was in such pain.

    So much talent — comedy and drama. So many good and fun movies. Anyone remember Robin’s improvisation with the scarf when he was on Inside the Actor’s Studio? Creative and hilarious.

  19. But it only takes one moment of such deep despair to lure one into making the wrong, fatal decision. I hate that such a lovely man felt that kind of despair.

  20. This brought me to tears.. I will never forget first time I saw him on the first show of mork and mindy… roll on the floor laughing was born for me that night

    The world has lost an incredible talent.. a light of joy and laughter went out and i for one am so incredibly saddened by this loss

    RIP robin williams ..may you find peace at last !!

  21. I am so sad that such a lovely, talented, wonderful human being hurt so much to believe that this final act was his only real choice. Like many, I was a fan since the Mork and Mindy days, and found him to be such a joy to behold. I hope he is at peace.

  22. Depression can be treated, but people need to find the right meds, specifically for them because of individual differences in efficacy (and side effects) of these meds.

  23. Always loved him in Death to Smoochie. Such an under rated movie and performance.

  24. I remember watching him on Mork and Mindy and then seeing him on Carson at the beginning of his career. I used to think-how high is his IQ? How is anyone that quick? It just baffled me.

    He was equally great in comedy and drama. Some of my personal faves of his films were Good Morning Vietnam, The Fisher King, Cadillac Man, Awakenings, Good Will Hunting and Dead Poets Society.

    I read that Robin Williams’ hero was Jonathan Winters. I believe he also battled bipolar or depression issues.

    Such sad news. My thoughts are with his family and friends. Such a brilliant talent.

  25. Steve Martin ? @SteveMartin
    I could not be more stunned by the loss of Robin Williams, mensch, great talent, acting partner, genuine soul.
    7:16 PM – 11 Aug 2014

    Minnie Driver ? @driverminnie
    My Heart’s broken. Robin was a beautiful, kind soul. Can’t bear that he’s gone. So incredibly sorry for his family.
    7:31 PM – 11 Aug 2014

    Ellen DeGeneres ? @TheEllenShow
    I can’t believe the news about Robin Williams. He gave so much to so many people. I’m heartbroken.
    7:11 PM – 11 Aug 2014

  26. Really loved him in “Dead Poet Society” and “Mrs Doubtfire”… really felt the pain of his “crazy ” character in “The Fisherking”.. Loved him in “Good Morning Vietnam” and “One night at the museum”… Never knew about the Happy Days, but did see him doing “Nanu-Nanu” … Rest in peace Mr Williams and thank you for all the emotions you stirred up in me…

  27. Very sad. On another note, in Candice Glovers tweet to remember Robin Williams she spelled “Aladdin” wrong. She spelled it “Alladin”…

  28. The White House ?@WhiteHouse 6m

    “He was one of a kind.” —President Obama on the passing of Robin Williams pic.twitter.com/kbEq7OwPOf

  29. Such sad news. He brought a lot of entertainment into my life for which I am very grateful.

    RIP Robin.

  30. Robin Williams was the 1st person who made me realize comedy could have heart. He had such kind eyes, it was only after I became an adult that I realized there was pain, sadness, and a great empathy in them.

    May he somehow find the peace he couldn’t find here on earth. Prayers to his family, friends, and everybody whose lives he touched.

  31. Sad news. He was one of my favorites growing up.

    Some of my favorites from him are Mrs. Doubtfire, Patch Adams, Aladdin, Jumanji, and so much more.

  32. Yes I have a son who has had depression & hyper mood swings & in deep depression they feel so alone -they just need to know someone is around to give them hope.The chemicals in the brain can play nasty tricks on your mental state. Fortunately for my son he has been stable for a year & has medication that helps him.He has never touched drugs & knows he has to limit his alcohol intake or it can cause havoc with his mental state. I feel for Robins family & pray they can find some release knowing he’s in no more pain.

  33. The list would be long if I posted all of my favorite works by Robin Williams.
    He was so multifaceted in his long career…. he still had more to do. I can’t imagine his mind was ever at rest.

  34. You are right. For some no medication works but for my son & many members of my husbands family they found a medication that stabilised their brain chemistry. Robin sounds like he had issues with alcohol-& that is the worst thing as it alters the brain chemistry & having lots of alcohol mixes badly with the medication.

  35. I am sorry your son suffers from this, but he’s so fortunate to have your support. I’m glad he’s been stable, and pray he stays that way. There is so much education needed about depression, and maybe without the stigma, people wouldn’t be so hesitant to seek treatment. It is medical, and is no different from a diabetic whose pancreas no longer makes insulin, and this fact needs to be known by everyone. Such a difficult, and often tragic illness.

  36. Very sad. Robin was also on Idol Gives Back the same season Michael was on AI.

  37. I am deeply sorry to learn of the passing of Robin Williams. He was a part of the San Francisco Bay Area the same as myself. He never really went Hollywood but came back to the City, more recently Marin County to the town that overlooked the Bay and Golden Gate Bridge. My condolences to his family and loved ones.

  38. Robin Williams was a phenom embodied in the most interesting package. Long live the super cool. He was so mega talented. I like it when the good guys are successful. :)

  39. He is genius. I think people like him suffer for their enormous feelings. I wish his family all the best.

  40. Oh how sad. Depression is such a burden. Good Will Hunting is one of my favorite movies and of course, Mrs Doubtfire. Wow, he will be greatly missed.

  41. Audiences (for movies, tv roles or live comedy) had no trouble showing gratitude & appreciation for his many talents. As a standup comedian, headlines weren’t safe in his hands lol. You “held on” to STAY with him during a 15 min. comedy spot. Not easy to accept this type of loss now. He was one of a kind for sure—a unique individual in this world & he clearly left his mark.

  42. I worked on License to Wed several years ago when I was still in the industry, and while it was only for a day, I remember the moment Robin Williams walked onto the set. I had worked on so many movies and TV shows and met so many celebrities and took all with a grain of salt. However, when he walked on the set, my heart, I know, sped up because…oh my goodness…it was Robin Williams. I think the whole set lightened up upon his entrance because he was always “on”. I had admired him since Good Morning Viet Nam. It was one of the most exciting memories I have of working in the industry. I’m so sorry for his loss. R.I.P.

  43. More comments about Robin. Very touching how he looked after Jonathan Winters:

    http://www.thewrap.com/steven-spielberg-chris-columbus-bill-cosby-react-to-robin-williams-shocking-death/

    Excerpts:

    Comedian David Steinberg said, “Robin Williams and I went on stage together for six months last year playing theaters across the country. Besides seeing his brilliant improvisational mind in action every night was the pleasure in just getting to know him and his generosity and spirit. He looked after Jonathan Winters and put him on his TV shows. He would drive to Santa Barbara weekly to make sure Jonathan was ok. A comic genius looking after another comic genius. Robin looked after everyone. If only he would have looked after himself.”

    Ben Stiller, who worked with Robin Williams on the “Night at the Museum”movies, said: “I met Robin when I was 13 at The Improv. I was there with my parents who were performing and it was crowded and I heard this voice behind me saying ‘Stay close to your mother you’ll be safe! Stay close to your mother you’ll be safe!’ I turned around and it was Robin. For a 13-year old who was a huge ‘Mork & Mindy’ fan it was sort of like the end of the world. I never forgot it. So working with him years later, I always had this little voice insides of me going, ‘You are acting with Robin Williams! This is the coolest thing ever!’ I never got over being a fan. I think most people my age have the same feeling — that he and Steve Martin and Bill Murray sort of represented what it meant to be funny.

    “His kindness and generosity is what I think of. How kind he was to anyone who wanted to connect with him. And he could not help but be funny all the time. He would do something as long as it would keep you laughing. He made many, many film crews laugh out loud before the audiences ever saw it. He made such a big impact on the world. So there is the man, and his talent, and I think in his case both were extraordinary”

  44. Jonathan Winters was, I think, another tortured genius. The wonder is that these people, who touch us so profoundly, exist at all. They are such miracles and bring so much light to the world from their darkness.

  45. I hadn’t seen that before, thanks so much for posting. Truly, Robin was a prodigious talent and one of the few people in the entertainment world worthy of the title “genius”. R.I.P.

  46. I’ll bet that most of Robin’s DJ scenes were pure improvisation.

  47. I think we as a society expect a magic pill to solve our problems sometimes, and that isn’t always the case. Sometimes medications can make it even worse, or cause dependency, which is REALLY worse. Counseling, diet and the people you have around you can make a big difference. Sometimes though, the illness is too strong and the person succumbs. Treatment as a whole needs to be looked at IMO.

  48. Even though we can’t know for sure, I have a feeling Robin had a LOT of chemical imbalances. I mean that with sincerity, too. I bet he had ADD/ADHD, Bi-Polar and maybe even Split Personality disorder. It would be interesting to know the details of his life just from a investigative l standpoint.

  49. The correct medications can LITERALLY mean the difference between life and death.

    Unfortunately, there’s a pervasive stigma that says relying on medications to treat depression is the “easy way out” and all it takes is “pulling yourself up by your bootstraps” to beat a “bad mood.”

    Nobody would tell a diabetic or a cancer patient not to rely on a “magic pill” to treat their illnesses. Depression is also a disease. The result of a chemical imbalance. The right combo of medications CAN be a lifesaver.

  50. Anti-depressants are not as likely to cause dependency as to make you sick; the side effects are often not so pleasant. I have tried pretty much all of them: one worked, some made me very ill (nausea flu), one knocked me out completely – flat on the floor. The drugs take tremendously long trials before they work, if they work, so there is a big time investment and people know they may feel lousy as they do trials of drugs to see which can be tolerated. No one trying them would likely be looking for a “magic pill’ after the first day. The problem is that they are not effective and they are very unpleasant, not something anyone would take for fun. Even studies have shown they are no more effective than a placebo. They need to work on effective ones.

  51. Depression, like other mental illnesses, results from a biochemical imbalance in the brain. There are meds that are effective, but each individual needs to find the right meds and doses that will work for him/her.

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