Robin Williams Dead At 63 Of Possible Suicide

urlAcademy Award-winning actor Robin Williams, known for having one of the quickest wits in the entertainment industry, has died at age 63 of an apparent suicide after a battle with what his publicist described as “severe depression.” Following the recent cancellation of his sitcom The Crazy Ones, Williams, who has spoken openly about his addiction to drugs and alcohol, checked himself in to a rehab facility to maintain his sobriety.

“Robin Williams passed away this morning,” the actor’s publicist Mara Buxbaum said in a statement released tonight. “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.”

Following an acclaimed stand-up career, Williams rose to national fame as an alien from the planet Ork in the popular ’70s sitcom Mork & Mindy. He made a smooth transition to feature films with 1982’s The World According to Garp. He soon developed into a versatile actor, starred in dozens of hit movies (including the gay-themed comedy The Birdcage in 1996), garnered four Oscar nominations and won a supporting trophy for 1997’s Good Will Hunting. His next film, Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, will be released in December.

Below is the full report from the Marin County police.

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.

The White House has released a statement from President Obama that reads:

“Robin Williams was an airman, a doctor, a genie a nanny, a president, a professor, a bangarang Peter Pan, and everything in between. But he was one of a kind. He arrived in our lives as an alien – but he ended up touching every element of the human spirit. He made us laugh. He made us cry. He gave his immeasurable talent freely and generously to those who needed it most – from our troops stationed abroad to the marginalized on our own streets. The Obama family offers our condolences to Robin’s family, his friends, and everyone who found their voice and their verse thanks to Robin Williams.”

Watch Williams in a 2012 concert below.

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  • Billy Budd

    Drugs are dangerous. I smoked pot a few times when I was a young men and I still pay the price for it.

  • Scribe38

    RIP. Loved you in One Hour Photo.

  • Xzamilio

    @Lvng1tor: +1 Me too.

  • boring

    “Drugs are dangerous. I smoked pot a few times when I was a young men and I still pay the price for it.” is legitimately the funniest thing I’ve read all day.

  • Lvng1tor

    @boring: Normally I’d be upset that you responded to such a douchey comment on a post about something so serious…But I agree….holy crap…It I read your post I can hear Williams himself say it which makes it even funnier……How much of that pot did he smoke and what it made of a “tar like” substance…explains a lot of his posts though!

  • DickieJohnson

    What a tragic loss for all the world who love to laugh. Robin was one of the funniest people of my life. My deepest sympathies to his family and friends!

  • Billy Budd

    I have this (personal) theory that very famous people are more prone to have addictions. They reach such heights in their careers, and they want to keep feeling high all the time. Phillip Seymour Hoffman was gone not so long ago. There are SO many examples.

  • Stache99

    @Billy Budd: Keep’n it classy I see. Ass.

    Yes. Robin Williams had a cocaine and alcohol problem that he overcame. This is about depression which is just as serious and not a joke.

  • Saint Law

    @Billy Budd: Wow that’s…have you published your theory? I think you should!

    Because I have only ever heard such an idea just about every time I look online, watch the news or open a newspaper.

  • Billy Budd

    @Stache99: What do you think CAUSED the depression?

    • Stache99

      @Billy Budd: Robin Williams stopped doing drugs many years ago.

  • Kangol

    Very sad. RIP, Robin Williams, and thanks for decades of unforgettable humor!

  • DarkZephyr

    Oh God. I am also crying. I will never forget this man. :(

  • Billy Budd

    @Stache99: He was recently admitted in a rehab facility. Also, the side-effects of drug addictions can last a lifetime.

    • Stache99

      @Billy Budd: For alcohol. Not drugs.

  • Xzamilio

    @Billy Budd: I think I’ve heard that theory. Isn’t that the Theory of DUHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!

  • money718

    Such a talent. He will be missed. I loves him in One Hour Photo too.

  • Franco C.

    What a tremendously sad day. This man was a genius of comedy. I’m so gutted to hear of his passing. Depression needs to be talked about more.

  • stranded

    As a kid i loved Popeye, Aladdin, Mrs. Doubtfire, Hook, Jumanji, Jack, then i got older and i saw Dead Poets society on HBO, it blew me away. The Birdcage was the first movie i saw about gay people. Since he influenced my childhood so much with his family comedies, i always wrote him off but then I kept being surprised by his acting talent in movies like The Awakening, Good Morning Vietnam, Patch Adams. He was perfect for Comedic Dramas. I never really cared about an actor dying, but damn, this one has me bummed out.

  • Sebizzar

    This is TRAGIC! :'( He brought so many smiles on my face since childhood. I really REALLY hope it was not a suicide, that is not the way anyone should go especially such a remarkable actor who did so much and affected so many people’s lives! Either way, he is gone, and I’ll have to try to accept that ;( R.I.P. Robin Williams.

  • Charlie in Charge

    I adored The Crazy Ones and I was crushed when it was cancelled.

    Another gay film he did that may be of interest was The Night Listener.

  • lykeitiz

    This really is tragic. A part of me is waiting for the coroner’s report…..as if the cause of death really matters. He’s gone & nothing’s going to change that.

    @stranded: Anyone who hasn’t seen “The World According To Garp” or “One Hour Photo” should add them to their lists…..especially “Garp”.

    R.I.P. Mr. Williams

  • buffnightwing

    @Billy Budd: Geez Louise. He was addicted to cocaine and alcohol IDIOT.

    WHY are you always the first DBAG with a comment that’s nasty???

    How about RIP , you made us laugh and cry and were a brilliant performer. Thank You Robin.

  • Black Pegasus

    I never knew of Robin’s troubles with alcohol and drugs. Nor did I know of his struggles with depression. I did know that brought a smile to my face whenever I saw him onscreen. He was one of those people who seem to have nothing but light and love in his heart. Not saying he was an angel, but that was the vibe I always got from Robin. His Snickers candy bar commercials were the latest of many ways he brought joy to our faces and hearts.

    He has now found the peace that consciousness could not provide. May he rest in peace.

  • Blackceo

    This was really a shocker. Just so tragic. James Lipton said last night that Robin Williams was like Pierrot, the sad clown. I remember hearing that he had recently checked back into rehab and Dr Drew was on this morning talking about the link between depression and patients who had open heart surgery, as Williams had. Add his issues with substance use and it just adds to the risk factors for suicide. Depression is a silent killer. We don’t pay enough attention to it because there are no physical indicators. However, those diagnosed should be given the same attention and care as someone diagnosed with cancer. And just as many cancers, medications and other forms of treatment often don’t save your life. Sad. Just very sad.

  • LadyL

    I work in a public library. Yesterday evening I noticed patrons and a few staffers staring at their smartphones and walking around with stunned faces and wondered what was going on. Then a stranger came up to me and said in a hushed voice “Did you hear about Robin Williams…?” I am still shocked, still heartbroken. There are celebrities you like, and then there are the ones whose singular gifts and largeness of spirit somehow become part of the cultural DNA, a part of you.
    Does anyone here remembers the controversy that briefly erupted when it was announced that Robin Williams had been cast in “The Birdcage”? In those years and earlier Williams had a tendency during his stand-up routines to reach for broad stereotyping in his send-ups of gay men, and the concern was that his portrayal of Armand Goldman would just be more of the same committed to film.
    But when the movie was released I was impressed with the complexity Robin gave Armand, the humanity and dignity as well as the expected slapstick humor.

    No matter how many times I’ve seen “The Birdcage,” there is this scene between Robin Williams and Nathan Lane that always touches me. Albert feels betrayed and wounded, realizing Armand is trying to find a way to either disguise him or keep him out of the house entirely when their son Val’s ultra-conservative in-laws-to-be are due to arrive for dinner.
    Armand and Albert are sitting facing forward, close together on a bench (in a park? near a bus stop?), and there is no PDA–men of their generation had been taught in the most painful of ways never to allow that–yet as Armand tries to reassure Albert of his love, we see the bond between them is deep and tender and true. That (and perhaps the scene where Armand confronts his son’s determination to hide his father’s life) is the moment that anchors the movie, and in my opinion one of Robin’s (and Nathan’s) best performances.

  • MarionPaige

    According to reports, Robin Williams returned to television and was selling his house because of his costly divorces. Similarly, Ed McMahon worked until he dropped dead in his 80’s so that he could afford his divorce payments. I guess what I’m saying is: “Isn’t it great that tired ass White Queens in California can marry?”

  • AzLights

    @MarionPaige: Not all marriages end in divorce and not all ofus are as cynical as you.

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