Robin Williams dead of apparent suicide

Oscar-winner Robin Williams was found dead today of an apparent suicide at his home in California. He was 63 years old. The actor/ comedian got his big break when he played Mork in the 1970s/’80s sitcom Mork & Mindy. He then made a successful transition to movies, playing starring roles in box office hits such as Mrs. Doubtfire, Dead Poets SocietyGood Will Hunting (for which he won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar) and Patch Adams. His publicist, Mara Buxbaum, said in a statement that Williams had been battling severe depression. According to a statement from the Marin County Sheriff’s office, the coroner “suspects the death to be a suicide due to asphyxia.”

A 911 call came from Williams’ home this morning at 11:55 a.m. and he was pronounced dead at 12:02 p.m. He lived with his third wife, graphic designer Susan Schneider. Williams was previously married to second wife Marsha Garces, with whom he has a son, Cody and a daughter, Zelda; and his first wife, Valerie Velardi, with whom he has a son, Zachary. His wife Susan released a statement that read, “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.” ~Alexandra Heilbron

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  1. mandy • August 11, 2014 @ 9:25 PM

    terrible news. he was sooo talented

  2. jeff • August 11, 2014 @ 10:04 PM

    No name (above): you DISGUST me. You have NO idea what he must’ve been going through. And yes, I’m completely saddened for his family, but he obviously wasn’t able to cope with his derision anymore.God rest his soul, and bless his family.

  3. Nikki • August 12, 2014 @ 12:04 AM

    No name – Karma will get you! You have no idea what a person goes through and feels when they suffer from a mental disorder or chemical imbalance. How dare you judge someone when you haven’t been in their shoes. You deserve to suffer for being so insensitive and cruel. You are such an asshole!

  4. Hello • August 12, 2014 @ 12:35 AM

    no name- you have no idea what this man was going through, none of us do so keep you ignorant mouth shut about things you know nothing about. I grew up watching his movies, it’s incredibly sad that he died and apparently struggling emotionally. I wish he talked to someone and got help for the sake of his family.

  5. Mary Lumsden • August 12, 2014 @ 12:48 AM

    I am sorry you where tired of living yes it hurts and there comes a time when you can no longer give give there was something else happining you kept from the world-you left at your choice and God does not Love you any less I feel hopeful when I die there is someone I have met and seen the smile a second that was real thanx Robin you will rest in Peace:)and all that you have loved and prayed forI am so sorry for all your family -no I cannot imagine-no I cannot feel the hurt but i can pray

  6. Bradleyman • August 12, 2014 @ 5:58 AM

    Robin was a bird who flew through our lives – who’s songs made Dead Poets live and could bring humor from outer space – his love lit a fire doubt could not extinguish – reminding us all that Spring will come soon – then a good morning will hunt away those long winters blues – we miss you dear Robin your energy so bright – goodnight dear sweet Robin you’ve finished your flight😢

  7. Snepts • August 12, 2014 @ 6:44 AM

    Very sad.

  8. christine • August 12, 2014 @ 7:05 AM

    good morning vietnam was a classic. we will miss him. so sad to have such depression

  9. Sarah • August 12, 2014 @ 9:05 AM

    I can’t believe Robin Williams have to go just like that. It’s not fair for him. Please God let him rest in peace and help him live in a better place and maybe reborn a better man.

  10. Joshua • August 12, 2014 @ 10:06 AM

    The world has become less funny. Robin Williams was a true genius of an actor and comedian. May he rest in peace and may his legacy live on. Mr. Williams, You Ain’t Never Had a Fan Like Me.

  11. Janella • August 12, 2014 @ 10:34 PM

    Clinical depression is not a mental illness, it’s a physical one, it’s just in the brain but it’s like diabetes. It means there is either a Seratonin or Dopamine deficiency and with medication, you can have a happy normal life, just like diabetics can have a happy normal life with insulin. This is a tragedy, I hope he didn’t feel like his illness was not accepted but I know most people feel uncomfortable around people who are depressed and just don’t know what to do. I just hope his death brings some light to this debilitating condition.

  12. Ryan • August 12, 2014 @ 11:09 PM

    No name, no one chooses to have depression. That doesn’t even make sense. I agree that suicide is a selfish act especially when you have children but unfortunately, depression is a very painful state and I guess he just couldn’t handle living with it anymore.

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