What a loss. Comedic legend, Robin Williams (Mrs. Doubtfire, SNL) was pronounced dead this morning of an apparent suicide due to asphyxia. Common causes of asphyxia are hanging, electrical shock, drowning or inhalation of toxic gas. The coroner has not yet released which form of asphyxia claimed Williams life. He was last seen by his wife at 10pm last night. Williams was honest about struggling with depression over the past few years. He also had a constant battle with alcoholism and went in and out of rehab several times over his career. He was a comedic genius, husband, father and friend to many. I loved Robin Williams as an actor and had the pleasure of meeting him and his daughter before. He was such a sweet man.
According to MSN:
Williams was pronounced dead at his home in California on Monday, according to the sheriff’s office in Marin County, north of San Francisco. The sheriff’s office said a preliminary investigation shows the cause of death to be a suicide due to asphyxia.
“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,” said Williams’ wife, Susan Schneider. “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,”
Williams had been battling severe depression recently, said Mara Buxbaum, his press representative.
Williams received an Oscar for his role in ‘Good Will Hunting,’ proving that he was a jack of all trades.
But he is perhaps best known for his comedic roles in Mrs. Doubtfire, Saturday Night Live, Mork and Mindy, Night at the Museum, The voice of Geenie in Alladin, Patch Addams, his stand-up comedy, Awakenings, The Fisher King (Golden Globe winner), Popeye and Hook.
He also won a Golden Globe for’Good Morning Vietnam’ and he had a stellar performance in ‘Dead Poets Society.’
His television show with Sara Michele Gellar, ‘The Crazy Ones,’ was cancelled this year after only one season. He appears in the next ‘Night of the Museum – Secret of the Tomb,’ which will be released next year.
Williams announced in recent years that he was again drinking but rebounded well enough to joke about it during his recent tour. “I went to rehab in wine country,” he said, “to keep my options open.”
In an interview with the Associated Press he spoke about the gift and curse of acting and comedy.
“You look at the world and see how scary it can be sometimes and still try to deal with the fear,” he told the AP in 1989. “Comedy can deal with the fear and still not paralyze you or tell you that it’s going away. You say, OK, you got certain choices here, you can laugh at them and then once you’ve laughed at them and you have expunged the demon, now you can deal with them. That’s what I do when I do my act.”
“You have an internal critic, an internal drive that says, ‘OK, you can do more.’ Maybe that’s what keeps you going,” Williams said. “Maybe that’s a demon. … Some people say, ‘It’s a muse.’ No, it’s not a muse! It’s a demon! DO IT YOU BASTARD!! HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! THE LITTLE DEMON!!”
R.I.P. Mr. Williams. You will forever be remembered as a comedic genius. May your soul finally be at rest. God Bless your family.
Robin’s last tweet was a throwback Thursday about his daughter.