Robin Williams Dead From Suspected Suicide - Update

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Robin Williams Dead From Suspected Suicide - Update

Robin Williams - Jumanji

One of the all-time comedy legends is gone.

Update: Robin Williams' wife, Susan Schneider, has released an official statement which reveals that her husband was in the early stages of Parkinson's Disease. It was a condition that Williams was not ready to share publicly she said, according to the Sun Sentinel. Her full statement, by way of the Sun Sentinel, is below:

"Robin spent so much of his life helping others. Whether he was entertaining millions on stage, film or television, our troops on the frontlines, or comforting a sick child - Robin wanted us to laugh and to feel less afraid.

Since his passing, all of us who loved Robin have found some solace in the tremendous outpouring of affection and admiration for him from the millions of people whose lives he touched. His greatest legacy, besides his three children, is the joy and happiness he offered to others, particularly to those fighting personal battles.

Robin's sobriety was intact and he was brave as he struggled with his own battles of depression, anxiety as well as early stages of Parkinson's Disease, which he was not yet ready to share publicly.

It is our hope in the wake of Robin's tragic passing, that others will find the strength to seek the care and support they need to treat whatever battles they are facing so they may feel less afraid."

Original Story: Terrible news today: first reported by multiple outlets and finally confirmed minutes ago by the Marin County sheriff's department and by his publicist, actor and comedian Robin Williams was found dead this morning from an apparent suicide. He was 63.

The Marin County Sheriff's Department issued the following statement:

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.

Williams' publicist also released the following statement (Via EW):

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, who first rose to fame in the 1970s on the hit sitcom Mork and Mindy, was first and foremost a highly respected and very successful comedian. Known for a sharp wit and pithy, yet heartwarming observations about everything from his battle with drug addiction to parenthood, he was notable for incorporating improvisational comedy into his act to a degree audiences at the time had rarely experienced. Much of his dialogue on Mork and Mindy was improvised on set, and his stand up shows were often organized as notes from which he would create sets while performing. He frequently made the higher reaches of lists of the greatest standup comedians of all time, and has been cited as an influence by Conan O'Brien and Eddie Murphy, and too many other comedians to count.

As an actor, Williams was respected for his impressive comedic and dramatic range and, particularly in the 1980s, for taking risks that didn't always pay off, but always challenged viewers. His films ranged from slapstick comedies, to tearjerker melodramas, to psychological thrillers, and he was nominated for an Academy Award 4 times, winning once in the Best Supporting Actor category for his role in Good Will Hunting. Other noteworthy performances include Good Morning Vietnam, The World According To Garp, Dead Poets Society, Moscow on the Hudson, The Fisher King, Popeye, Insomnia, Aladdin, Mrs. Doubtfire and One Hour Photo. In addition to his Academy Award, Williams also received two Emmys, two Screen Actor Guild Awards, five Grammys and four Golden Globes.

Williams was an open book about his struggles with substance abuse. He developed a nearly debilitating addiction to cocaine in the late 70s/early 80s, but sought treatment and became sober after the death of his friend John Belushi. He remained sober for most of his life, though he checked into a treatment center in 2009 after developing a problem with alcohol. He often talked about that struggle in his stand up, most notably in his 1986 special A Night at the Met.

Married three times, he is survived by his third wife, Susan Schneider, and by his three children from previous marriages.

This news is unbelievably sad, especially considering how his reputation suffered somewhat during the last 15 years, thanks to series of poorly received broad comedies he starred in beginning in the mid 90s. And I get it; Bicentennial Man, Patch Adams and Jakob the Liar are uniformly terribly. But Williams was an irreplaceable talent, capable of hilarity and heartbreaking pathos in equal measure, often in the same film.

It's almost impossible to overestimate the impact Robin Williams had on American popular culture, and what a loss his death means. In addition to several films now considered classics, he was an instrumental in the stand up comedy boom of the late 70s and 1980s. His jokes spawned catch phrases, his observations became proverbs, and it's no exaggeration that he is a large part of the reason most people became aware of improvisational comedy.

What makes Williams' career even more interesting is that some of his best performances were in films that didn't quite work. He's brilliant, for instance, in Garp, a flawed adaptation of John Irving's novel but worth it alone for his work alongside John Lithgow. The same is true for Robert Altman's troubled musical Popeye, which saw Williams practically disappear into the title role (and, by the way, contains one of the all time great musical soundtracks). I'd even recommend 1994's Being Human, an uneven film that follows various reincarnations of the same person, contains an absolutely heartbreaking segment in which Williams plays a Roman slave facing an order to commit suicide along with his disgraced master. Also, absolutely watch World's Greatest Dad. Just watch it.

He was also by all accounts a great person. A generous humanitarian, he was involved in numerous charities, most notably the Comic Relief charity along with Whoopie Goldberg, Billy Crystal and Bob Zmuda. But perhaps most importantly, he was a for real dork, so much so that he named his daughter Zelda after, yes, THAT Zelda.

William's stand up albums were a large part of the soundtrack of my adolescence, and that's how I intend to pay tribute. If you've never bothered to check him out before, now is the perfect time to do the same. Check out A Night At The Met and Robin Williams LIVE on Broadway, and marvel at one of the greatest talents American comedy ever produced. It's cliche to say of someone recently deceased that we won't see their like again, but in Williams' case it's absolutely true. I never met him, and I miss him like a family member.

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Oh my god, I can't believe this. Depression is such a horrible thing for a person to go through.

My brother JUST told me about this.

Damn. Just... DAMN.

I know death comes for us all, I just never thought of it would come to him of all people, especially so soon.

Dear Internet: The best way to honor Robin Williams' life is to maybe *not* draw 10,000 shitty pictures of Aladdin crying over an empty lamp

Well then. Wasn't expecting this. Well i respect a persons right to off themselves. Here to hoping he finds peace where ever he's at.

Btw , it says suspected suicide, any idea how? Maybe i missed it in the thread.

krazykidd:
Well then. Wasn't expecting this. Well i respect a persons right to off themselves. Here to hoping he finds peace where ever he's at.

Btw , it says suspected suicide, any idea how? Maybe i missed it in the thread.

Asphyxiation. Haven't heard more beyond that.

krazykidd:
Btw , it says suspected suicide, any idea how? Maybe i missed it in the thread.

The BBC article I read says 'suicide due to asphyxia'. So it narrows it down a bit depending on their definition.

"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," police said in a statement.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-28749702

This is horrible, I had always thought of him as an insanely cheerful guy but that's probably because he is so often cast as positive characters.

krazykidd:
Well then. Wasn't expecting this. Well i respect a persons right to off themselves. Here to hoping he finds peace where ever he's at.

Btw , it says suspected suicide, any idea how? Maybe i missed it in the thread.

According to his agent, it's asphyxiation, but his agent didn't go into too many details. His agent did say though that Robin had been dealing with serve depression as of late, and was going to go to rehab for it though.

Edit: Damn Ninjas, we all posted at the same time.

krazykidd:
Well then. Wasn't expecting this. Well i respect a persons right to off themselves. Here to hoping he finds peace where ever he's at.

Btw , it says suspected suicide, any idea how? Maybe i missed it in the thread.

According to other news sources, signs point to him having hung himself.

I don't usually get too riled up when a personality dies, but I have no problem saying that this one got to me.

Sad sad news, I haven't heard much about him recently but I have fond memories of movies he has been in.

Objectable:
Dear Internet: The best way to honor Robin Williams' life is to maybe *not* draw 10,000 shitty pictures of Aladdin crying over an empty lamp

I agree, but I do feel like watching Aladdin again now. It's probably my favorite film he's been a part of.

I can literally feel the humor level of the world taking a nosedive. This year has SUCKED considering how many celebrities I've liked dying whether is be James Gandolfini, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Casey Kasem, or Eli Wallach. This one is the first to make me depressed. God this sucks.

Rest in peace. Oh Captain, My Captain.

krazykidd:
Well then. Wasn't expecting this. Well i respect a persons right to off themselves. Here to hoping he finds peace where ever he's at.

Btw , it says suspected suicide, any idea how? Maybe i missed it in the thread.

It's initially suffocation by pillow or something.

OT: I saw this at work.

R.I.P. Robin Williams. You will be missed.

-Dragmire-:
Sad sad news, I haven't heard much about him recently but I have fond memories of movies he has been in.

Objectable:
Dear Internet: The best way to honor Robin Williams' life is to maybe *not* draw 10,000 shitty pictures of Aladdin crying over an empty lamp

I agree, but I do feel like watching Aladdin again now. It's probably my favorite film he's been a part of.

I think I'm going with Jumanji tonight.

While I realize death is nothing to joke about, I feel like there's a joke about his opinion of that rumored Mrs. Doubtfire sequel somewhere around here.

I don't know of any celebrity death that has ever made me cry before.

I have to give a speech tomorrow morning. I think this year I may have to open it up with a little "GOOOOOOOOD MOOOORNING VIETNAMMMMMM!" Because this is not a test, this is rock and roll.

After all, the best way to remember someone like Robin Williams is to think of all the laughs he gave us.

I gotta say that I practical grew up with Robbin Williams. He was Genie, Mrs Doubtfire, and in Jumanji. When I got older, he got in more mature roles, like Good Will Hunting. The first time I saw his stand up, I was initially shocked by how much he cursed, but quickly got use to it.

Honestly, this is a hefty lose. Only made worse by the fact that he was a great guy by all accounts.

However, I plan to celebrate his life. I'm already planning to watch a bunch of his work with some friends this weekend.

Rest in Peace, Mr Williams.

Naqel:
While I realize death is nothing to joke about, I feel like there's a joke about his opinion of that rumored Mrs. Doubtfire sequel somewhere around here.

FWIW, I completely get the impulse. Which is why I've authorized my friends to have a roast instead of a funeral for me when I go. So feel free to think of some great jokes at my expense for hopefully like 100 years from now.

A real loss to the world, and far too soon. The man had been struggling with depressive symptoms and substance addiction for years, but managed to continue as a real joy to watch perform. I have enormous sympathy for his family, particularly his three children.

Despite the comments above, I also wanted to thank the Escapist editor for not including details of the method used or simplistic explanations of the cause in the article. Irresponsible reporting of suicide can be very harmful, particularly with celebrities and role models on the scale of Robin Williams.

Saltyk:
I gotta say that I practical grew up with Robbin Williams. He was Genie, Mrs Doubtfire, and in Jumanji. When I got older, he got in more mature roles, like Good Will Hunting. The first time I saw his stand up, I was initially shocked by how much he cursed, but quickly got use to it.

I was exposed to Robin William's standup on TV before I really saw his movies, but I had the same experience seeing Bob Saget do standup for the first time.

Sniperyeti:
A real loss to the world, and far too soon. The man had been struggling with depressive symptoms and substance addiction for years, but managed to continue as a real joy to watch perform. I have enormous sympathy for his family, particularly his three children.

Despite the comments above, I also wanted to thank the Escapist editor for not including details of the method used or simplistic explanations of the cause in the article. Irresponsible reporting of suicide can be very harmful, particularly with celebrities and role models on the scale of Robin Williams.

Thanks so much. I have too many friends who've suffered from depression to even try that. What else can you say but that it's tragic and sad.

Depression. Its a very serious issue, guys. Don't take it for granted.

RIP, Mr. Williams

Naqel:
While I realize death is nothing to joke about, I feel like there's a joke about his opinion of that rumored Mrs. Doubtfire sequel somewhere around here.

Christ. I know that no one wanted that sequel, but I'd take Mrs. Doubtfire 2, 3, 4, 5 and beyond if we got to keep Robin Williams. ;_____;

OT: I've gone and watched Robin Williams' episode of "Who's Line Is It Anyway". Seems like a fitting tribute to the man. It will forever be the best episode.

What the hell is it with this year and the deaths of nostalgic characters and entertainers?!?! Goddmanit, now I'm all depressed...

Wow that came as a total surprise. I can understand Depression though, I've battled it myself, it's not easy to deal with.

RIP Robin Williams. We will miss you.

:c Unfortunate. You'd think someone as famous as him would be able to get the help he needs, but sometimes it's just not enough.

May he rest in peace, and may his family, friends, and fans be able to hold onto the good memories.

Its strange usually there's already a few people in threads like this talking about why is this news people die all the time and I'm sure someone will at some point because of the internet but this one really hits home for some reason. Robin Williams was my childhood. I grew up with his best kids films. This really sucks especially because it was suicide. If anyone deserved to die with a smile it would be him. I don't usually get emotional over this kind of news but this one is hitting me pretty hard in the gut. This was a great loss in the worst possible way.

I was genuinely on the cusp of welling up about half an hour ago when I heard the news. That's never happened to me before when I've heard of a celebrity's passing.

There are public figures you follow, admire or respect. Robin Williams was one of the few I can say I genuinely loved.

RIP

http://youtu.be/vq_XBP3NrBo

(sorry, I don't know how to embed videos here)

CriticalMiss:

krazykidd:
Btw , it says suspected suicide, any idea how? Maybe i missed it in the thread.

The BBC article I read says 'suicide due to asphyxia'. So it narrows it down a bit depending on their definition.

"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," police said in a statement.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-28749702

This is horrible, I had always thought of him as an insanely cheerful guy but that's probably because he is so often cast as positive characters.

Depression isn't always inherently visible. I have it myself, but friends would say I'm a happy and energetic person.

Comedians are rarely happy people. So many suffer behind their jokes. I have always thought that, in a cruel, twisted way, hating yourself makes you better at comedy. You are willing to be the fool, to just make everyone else around you laugh, knowing the pain of being unable to laugh. He hasn't been the first to take his own life, Chris Farley took his own life and Drew Carey reportedly tried to do it twice.

No matter what he done, an oscar winning master piece or a short commercial for a chocolate bar, he always was a joy to watch, bringing so much energy. I have only rarely seen anyone who keep up with such energy. The world is truly poorer for this loss.

RIP, let's hope you found somewhere you can find happiness.

Depression doesn't fight fair.

Kmadden2004:
I was genuinely on the cusp of welling up about half an hour ago when I heard the news. That's never happened to me before when I've heard of a celebrity's passing.

There are public figures you follow, admire or respect. Robin Williams was one of the few I can say I genuinely loved.

RIP

http://youtu.be/vq_XBP3NrBo

(sorry, I don't know how to embed videos here)

"I never met him, and I miss him like a family member."
That line from the article sums up a lot of how people feel about Robin Williams.

Man, this completely blindsided me. I wasn't expecting to read a headline like this for another twenty years or so.

I've never really seen a lot of the films he did (that having been said, I did watch things like Aladdin and Hook a lot growing up), but he was one of the few stand-up comedians I routinely followed over the years. I feel a lot like I did when I heard about George Carlin passing; like one of those distant relatives I only ever see once a year but love hanging out with because everything is a blast with them is suddenly gone from the world. Gorram, the world once again has become a slightly less funny place.

Just very sad indeed. Almost everyone I know has one or two Robin Williams movies they really love. I never saw his stand-up, but much like one of my other favorite comedians who left the mortal coil earlier this year, John Pinette, I am truly envious of anyone who did get to see him perform live.

I saw the headline and read the article and I'm still in denial. This is shit.

This is a huge shock. He was in some of my all time favorite movies like Good Will Hunting, Dead Poets Society and Good Morning Vietnam. I don't think there's a movie he made that I haven't seen. And probably more than once.

Drake the Dragonheart:
Almost everyone I know has one or two Robin Williams movies they really love.

So true. His movies were a topic of many discussions with friends in the past. He was one of those actors that people just couldn't ignore. I don't know anyone who'd remain indifferent after this news.

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