Actor Robin Williams is dead from an “apparent suicide”.
The 63-year-old funny man was found in his Tiburon, California home Monday. The tragedy comes shortly after he had checked himself back into rehab.
The Marin County Sheriff’s Department released these details:
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 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 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’s publicist confirmed the news of the death in a statement: “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.”
Robin’s 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 hoped the focus will not be on Robin’s death but on the countless moments of joy and laughter he gave to millions.”
Here’s some industry information from NikkiFinke:
Studio sources tell me he may have taken his own life.
The actor in late June checked himself into a the Hazelden Addiction Treatment Center near Lindstrom, Minn to avoid falling off the wagon because his lifetime battle with alcohol and drug addiction.
“After working back-to-back projects, Robin is simply taking the opportunity to fine-tune and focus on his continued commitment, of which he remains extremely proud,” the actor’s rep said at the time. After quitting cold turkey, he fell off the wagon and went to rehab in 2005.
This year Williams has three movies coming out: Boulevard, The Angriest Man in Brooklyn and Merry Friggin’ Christmas in which his co-star Joel McHale told the press in July that Williams was fighting to get his life back on track: “He wore his struggles and sobriety and was very up front and candid about what he has gone through. I know he is a man who likes to win and be healthy. So him going back to rehab, I pray it all works out.”
I first heard word from a movie studio at 3 PM that Williams may have killed himself.
Naturally Hollywood and the rest of the world is in shock over the sudden loss of this three-time Academy Award nominee who received the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his performance in 1997′s Good Will Hunting.