Comic genius Robin Williams has died of an apparent suicide today. The actor/comedian, 63 who was found unresponsive in his North California home been battling severe depression in recent months. Williams’ publicist Mara Buxbaum released a statement,”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.” It is suspected Williams died of suspect “a suicide due to asphyxia” according to the Marin County, California, Sheriff’s office.
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.
Robin had recently entered rehab to keep his sobriety in control after being clean of his addiction for the past twenty years.
I will always remember growing up with Mork & Mindy. The man had boundless energy in Mrs. Doubtfire and childlike humor in Hook. He’ll always be our genie in Aladdin. So sad!
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