Comedic actor and stand up comedian Robin Williams was found dead today (11th August in the US) of an apparent suicide. He was 63 years old. Celebrated in Hollywood for his zany comic persona and more subtle dramatic performances, Williams was found dead at his home in Tiburon, Calif., just north of San Francisco, according to the Marin County Sheriff’s Office on Monday. The apparent cause of death was suicide by asphyxiation, although an investigation is continuing. Emergency personnel found Mr. Williams inside the home he shared with his wife, Susan Schneider, after a 911 call reported a man unconscious and not breathing. The sheriff’s office said Mr. Williams was last seen alive at 10 p.m. on Sunday.
His film career included such acclaimed films as Good Morning, Vietnam (1987), Dead Poets Society (1989), Awakenings (1990), The Fisher King (1991), and Good Will Hunting (1997), as well as financial successes such as Popeye (1980), Hook (1991), Aladdin (1992), Mrs. Doubtfire (1993), Jumanji (1995), The Birdcage (1996), Night at the Museum (2006), and Happy Feet (2006). He also appeared in the video “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” by Bobby McFerrin. Nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor three times, Williams went on to receive the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Good Will Hunting (1997). “This might be the one time I’m speechless,” he said upon accepting the award. He also received two Emmy Awards, four Golden Globes, two Screen Actors Guild Awards and five Grammy Awards.
Despite being famous for his zany sense of humour and making people laugh he was often troubled by depression and masked a personal struggle with alcohol and drug addiction. He’s been married 3 times and has 3 children from his first two marriages. We will never know another like him.
Robin McLaurin Williams (July 21, 1951 – August 11, 2014)