So heartbreaking. Oscar-winning actor and comedian Robin Williams was found dead in his Tiburon, Calif. home on Aug. 11. He was 63.
The world lost a great talent on Aug. 11, when legendary actor and comedian Robin Williams was found dead of a reported suicide at age 63. His cause of death is believed to be suicide by asphyxiation, according to the local coroner’s office.
Robin Williams Dead — Actor & Comedian Dies From Possible Suicide At 63
Robin’s publicist Mara Buxbaum has not confirmed whether his death was a suicide, but she issued the following statement, according to our sister site Variety:
“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.”
The Marin County Sheriff’s Office Coroner Division also released a statement to HollywoodLife.com that read:
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 enjoyed a more than 40-year-long, award-winning career as an actor, stand-up comedian and voice actor, though his private life was often troubled. The Good Will Hunting star struggled with drug and alcohol addictions for years. He was sober for 20 years before he “found himself drinking again,” according to his publicist, and then checked himself into a substance-abuse rehab center in August, 2006. He later revealed to the world that he was an alcoholic.
Robin was married three times, to Valerie Velardi from 1978 to 1988, to Marsha Garces from 1989 to 2008, and to graphic designer Susan Schneider from 2011 until his death. Robin had one child from his marriage with Valerie, son Zachary Pym, and two children from his marriage with Marsha, daughter Zelda Rae and son Cody Alan.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Robin’s family and friends during this very sad time.
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– Tierney McAfee