Very sad news just in geeks. Academy Award winning actor Robin Williams died at age 63. The popular comedian and actor won an Oscar award for his role in “Good Will Hunting”, and other notable roles include “Mrs. Doubtfire,” “Dead Poets Society,” “Hook”, and “Good Morning Vietnam”. A statement from the assistant chief deputy coroner of Marin County announced on Monday that the Coroner Divisions of the Sheriff’s Office “suspects the death to be a suicide due to asphyxia, but a comprehensive investigation must be completed before a final determination is made.”
Williams was found “unconscious and not breathing” just before noon Monday inside his home in Tiburon, California, following a 911 phone call. He was pronounced dead at 12:02 p.m. after emergency personnel arrived. A forensic examination is scheduled for Today, along with a press conference that will be held at 11 a.m. in San Rafael, California.
Williams’ publicist Mara Buxbaum told The Hollywood Reporter that Williams “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.”
“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.”
Added David Steinberg, his manager of 35 years:
“Nobody made the world laugh like Robin Williams. My brother, my friend, my soulmate, I will miss you.”
The site also mentions that Williams recently checked in to a renewal facility affiliated with the 12-step program in a move to focus on his ongoing sobriety. William had substance abuse issues during the 1980s and sought treatment in 2006 for alcohol abuse.
Williams will appear in the third “Night at the Museum” film, due in December, and was set to reprise the role of “Mrs. Doubtfire” in the sequel to the 1993 movie.
*Update: It’s revealed that the beloved actor cut his wrist before hanging himself with a belt. Marin County Sheriff’s Lieutenant Keith Boyd revealed that they discovered several cuts on Robin’s left wrist and a pocket knife with a dried red substance at the scene.
REST IN PEACE – Robin McLaurin Williams
(July 21, 1951 – August 11, 2014)
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