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Old 08-11-2014, 08:04 PM   #1
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The Oscar-winning actor and stand-up comedian Robin Williams was found dead at his home in California on Monday, the local county sheriff’s office announced.

In a statement, the coroner’s division of Marin County said that it was treating the death of the 63-year-old star as a suspected suicide.

“This morning I lost my husband and best friend, while the world lost one of its most beloved artists and beautiful human beings. I am utterly heartbroken,” said Williams’s wife, Susan Schneider in a statement released through the actor’s publicist.

Williams, who had recently sought treatment for depression and alcohol problems. was last seen alive at his house at 10pm on Sunday night. He had battled alcohol and cocaine addiction in the 1980s but had been sober for decades.

“Robin Williams passed away this morning,” his representative Mara Buxbaum said in a statement. “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 was born in Chicago, had an extraordinary range that extended from manic mimicry to understated character portrayals.

He rose to fame in the television series Mork and Mindy, which ran on US television from 1978 to 1982, building on a character that debuted on Happy Days in 1978.

In the 1980s, he had a string of film successes with Good Morning, Vietnam in 1987, Dead Poets Society in 1989, Awakenings in 1990, and the Fisher King and Hook in 1991. The nearly unbroken line of success continued with Aladdin in 1991 and Mrs Doubtfire, a 1993 comedy about a divorced dad who impersonates a Scottish nanny to be closer to his children.

A sequel to Mrs Doubtfire had been announced and it was rumoured that filming would begin this year.

In her statement, Schneider said: “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 was last seen alive at the house that he shared with Schneider in Tiburon, north of San Francisco, at about 10pm on Sunday night, the sherrif’s office said.

“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.”

It continued: “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.”

The statement said the coroner suspected the death to be a suicide due to asphyxia and that a comprehensive investigation would be completed before a final determination was made. “A forensic examination is currently scheduled for August 12, 2014 with subsequent toxicology testing to be conducted.”

The actor had openly talked about his battles with alcohol and cocaine in the early 1980s, his years of sobriety, and relapse in 2006.

He appeared to have recovered and was expected to start filming a Mrs Doubtfire sequel this year. But last month he returned to rehab – the Hazelden Addiction Treatment Center near Lindstrom, Minnesota.

His representative played down the news at the time, telling TMZ: “After working back-to-back projects, Robin is simply taking the opportunity to fine-tune and focus on his continued commitment, of which he remains extremely proud.”

Mara Wilson, who acted with Williams in Mrs Doubtfire, has become a prolific writer and user of social media in adulthood. She wrote: “”Very sad, very upset, very glad I did not have to hear about this though Twitter. Probably going to be taking some time off it for a while.”
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Old 08-12-2014, 06:11 AM   #2
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So sad to wake up to this terrible news. He was a comic genius. RIP, Robin.
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Old 08-12-2014, 06:20 PM   #3
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I found out about this yesterday after work. I logged on at the apt. comlex/
clubhouse PC at 5:45pm and went to IMDb and there it was on the front page. He had taken his life.

The stand up comedian whose manic and almost endless energy,made his act a rapid fire succession of jokes that if your ears were distracted by something,you'd miss it....was gone.

It was nearly 36 & 1/2 years ago on Tuesday night Feb. 28th,1978,
that I and any fan of "Happy Days",met Robin as "Mork from Ork" in the Richie Cunningham dream episode "My Favorite Orkan".

Richie thinks he sees a UFO and then later dreams of a man from
space in a red jumpsuit and space helmet,coming to take him away.

A preview of the already,then,in the works series "Mork & Mindy" that debuted on Thurs. Sept. 14th. As we know,it was a runaway hit. (Even though later ABC would tamper with success where it wasn't needed.)

Robin Wiliams from that point on was on his way to becoming an
icon in American stand up comedy,movies and entertainment in general.

Movies starting in 1980 with "Popeye" to his final upcoming on-screen appearance in "Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb" (currently in post-production.)

He also has one more film after this,"Absolutely Anything",where he's credited as
"Dennis The Dog". Much like Jimmy Stewart,his last role was the voice of a character.

Robin was just that in his life,a true character and unique human being,that can never be repeated or duplicated. Like most famous personalities,we'll never see the likes of him again.

Whatever his final inner struggles were,we can only wish there could have been a way for someone or anyone to find it out and prevent his actions.

So,we now bid farewell to,what I
have always felt,was a true comic genius.....

RIP Robin Williams.
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Old 08-12-2014, 07:51 PM   #4
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What's odd is that his character sought help for being depressed and suicidal in the movie Patch Adams. I just wish it could have turned out the way it in the movie.
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