Robin Williams dead at 63

MARIN COUNTY, Calif. — Actor Robin Williams was found dead in his California home on Monday. He was 63.

Williams’ wife confirmed the news in 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 Robins’ death, but on the countless moments of joy and laughter he gave to millions.”

A representative for the actor issued 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.”

“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 media representative Mara Buxbaum told CNN.

The Marin County Sheriff’s Office said the 911 call came in around 11:55 a.m. PT on Monday.

The caller reported a “male adult had been located unconscious and not breathing inside his residence in unincorporated Tiburon, California.”

Officials responded and found the male unconscious. He was pronounced dead at 12:02 p.m.

The sheriff’s office said the investigation is underway, however preliminary information suggests the death was a suicide.

“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.”

 

38 comments

  • Gene

    RIP ol’ funny master. You will be missed!

    Will this tragedy wake our government up to the fact that Mental Illness is real?!! Please help people in need.

    • Unbelievable

      How is one person deciding to end his own life a tragedy? The government as well as numerous private organizations have countless programs set up to help people battling depression and mental illness as it stands currently. If someone doesnt want the help, how is it the governments responsibility to ensure they receive it? A tragedy? REALLY?

      • B

        Agree. His family and the ones closest to him were not able to help. He was just in rehab for his addictions so what else could anyone have done? Cocaine and alcohol withdrawal is difficult and painful to overcome. He is now pain free. RIP

  • jon

    THANK YOU FOR BEING THERE THROUGH THE YEARS AS WE ALL KNOW YOU FOR WHAT YOU WERE IN LIFE SORRY THAT LIFE WAS SO ROUGH ON YOU ,R.I.P.

  • Sherri Lynn

    I have grown up with u thru the years and have laughed and cried along beside you. For all the laughter and joy. You will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family during the difficult days and months ahead. RIP ROBIN WILLIAMS.

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