Oscar winner Robin Williams was found dead in his home in Tiburon, California on Monday.
The actor, whose career spanned close to 40 years, was 63. The Tiburon Coroners office suspects the cause of death to be “suicide due to asphyxia”. A full and complete investigation will be held to determine the exact cause of death and the Coroners office has stated that a forensic examination has been schedule for August 12th.
Williams has battled a great many demons in his career, including depression and drug abuse. The latter of which recently saw Robin Williams enter rehab back in Juli. “Robin Williams passed away this morning. He has been battling severe depression of late. This is a tragic and sudden loss”, said Robin William’ publicist. “The family respectfully asks for their privacy as they grieve during this very difficult time.”
It was his guest appearance on Happy Days, which in turn morphed into a starring role on the spin-off Mork & Mindy, which kick-started Williams’ long and celebrated career. After Mork & Mindy, he did numerous guest parts on comedy series such as Friends and Wilfred. He subsequently returned to TV as a series regular on the David E. Kelley created The Crazy Ones, which also starred Sarah Michelle Gellar and was cancelled by CBS after one ok rated season.
In addition to his well known star turns on comedy series Happy Days, Mork & Mindy and The Crazy Ones, Williams was also a well respected dramatic actor. He had rare but memorable guest roles on such television dramas as Homicide: Life On The Street and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.
But is was Robin Williams’ large number of feature film roles for which he is best known to global audiences. He had some iconic roles on such films as Mrs Doubtfire, Hook, Flubber, Good Morning, Vietnam!, Aladdin, Being Human, Jumanji, Jack, Good Will Hunting, Patch Adams and Bicentennial Man.
Since news of Williams’ death broke, tributes have been pouring in from friends and former co-stars including Danny DeVito, Cona O’Brien, Henry Winkler, Sarah Michelle Gellar and Joel McHale. David E Kelley, creator of the William’ vehicle The Crazy Ones, called the star a “gentle soul who touched us all. A very special man, and our hearts are broken”.
“This morning, I lost my husband and my best friend, while the world lost one of its most beloved artists and beautiful human beings”, said Susan Schenider, Robin Williams’ first wife. “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.”
Even President Obama weighed in on the loss, issuing the following statement: “Robin Williams was an airman, a doctor, a genie, a nanny, a president, a professor, a bangarang Peter Pan, and everything in between. But he was one of a kind. He arrived in our lives as an alien – but he ended up touching every element of the human spirit.”
“He made us laugh. He made us cry. He gave his immeasurable talent freely and generously to those who needed it most – from our troops stationed abroad to the marginalized on our own streets. The Obama family offers our condolences to Robin’s family, his friends, and everyone who found their voice and their verse thanks to Robin Williams.”