Robin Williams Is Dead of Suspected Suicide at 63

By Kaitlin Thomas

Aug 11, 2014

Legendary actor and comedian Robin Williams died Monday at his home, the result of a possible suicide, according to police in Marin County, California. He was 63. 

A report from the Marin County Sheriff's Office lists Williams' suspected cause of death as "suicide via asphyxiation," but a comprehensive investigation will be completed before any official ruling will be made. 

Williams' publicist confirmed the death and issued the following statement to The Hollywood Reporter: "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." 

Williams' wife, Susan Schneider, also issued 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."

A native of Chicago, Williams first rose to fame as the star of the beloved 1970s sitcom Mork & Mindy, a spin-off of Happy Days. The actor enjoyed an immensely successful film career, appearing in Good Morning Vietnam, Dead Poets SocietyMrs. Doubtfire, and Aladdin, among many others. A four-time Oscar nominee, Williams took home a Best Supporting Actor award in 1997 for his role in Good Will Hunting. He most recently starred on CBS's The Crazy Ones

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  • gguirao Aug 14, 2014

    Rest in peace.

  • johnmckenzie338658 Aug 14, 2014

    RIP .. I saw Mrs Doubtfire close to 100 times as a kid , thx for all the memories

  • meathead704 Aug 13, 2014

    It's incredibly sad that he could not conquer his demons. I send my deepest condolences to his family. I can't even begin to imagine how horrible this must be for them. RIP Mr. Williams. Thank you for so many years of genuine laughs and great performances on the stage and screen.

  • DSniner Aug 12, 2014

    With the sadness of hearing about the tragic passing of Robin Williams,I found this artwork on another site and it did lift my spirits a bit.Hope it puts a smile on his fans here too.

  • Raccoon1459 Aug 12, 2014

    Hollywood just got to him, I suppose.

  • HWBOD Aug 14, 2014

    Or the alimony predators...

  • MarlboroMagpi Aug 12, 2014

    It is a sad day. He was a true legend. One of my favorite actor.

    Ironically many comedians who made us laugh were very sad themselves.

    Some of his best movies that I loved

    Good Morning, Vietnam
    The Adventures of Baron Munchausen

    Dead Poets Society
    Mrs. Doubtfire
    Good Will Hunting
    Bicentennial Man
    One Hour Photo
    Man of the Year
    Night at the Museum
    Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian

  • slNN69 Aug 12, 2014

    he will be missed,rip robin

  • Raccoon1459 Aug 12, 2014

    A true comedy legend.

    I'll miss ya, man!

  • mog253 Aug 12, 2014

    I'm just shocked. More than any singer or actor who died in the past years, this guy just made me happy. it saddens me so much that he got to this state. It makes me feel so empty that he wasn't given what he gave us.
    Dead Poets Society was given such a terrifying twist with this. RIP.

  • sunnysfunny Aug 12, 2014

    They say he's been battling depression for a long time so it's not something out of the blue.

    Regardless, he will be missed. I hope he's at peace.

  • jimman1 Aug 12, 2014

    Rarely does the death of a celebrity affect me, but this one did. A true genius that I will miss for a long time. To be honest I worry for Jim Carrey going this route as well.

  • smorbie Aug 12, 2014

    They both suffer from bipolar disorder. The statistics on suicide from this disease are cihlling

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