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Actor Robin Williams dies after battle with severe depression

LOS ANGELES, CA – Comedic actor Robin Williams died at his Northern California home Monday, law enforcement official said. Williams was 63. Coroner investigators suspect “the death to be a suicide due to asphyxia,” according to a statement from the Marin County, California, sheriff’s office.

William’s wife released this statement, “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 Robins’ death, but on the countless moments of joy and laughter he gave to millions.”

A representative for Williams said this, “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.”

His fans have started leaving condolences on his Facebook page:

 

Police report on Robin Williams’ death:

On August 11, 2014, at approximately 11:55 am, Marin County Communications received a 9-1-1 telephone call reporting a male adult had been located unconscious and not breathing inside his residence in unincorporated Tiburon, CA. 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.

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. Mr. Williams was located this morning shortly before the 9-1-1 call was placed to Marin County Communications.

More details will be posted as this story develops.

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53 comments

  • Beth Bell

    Deeply saddened to hear about Robin, I first new of him when he played Mork on Mork and Mindy. Will be missed, prayers goes out to the family.

  • Inoma Bushnell

    He was a Funny Man and will be missed Dearly..I remember Mork and Mindy..It was a funny show..My Heart goes out to his family and friends..Sorry you were so sad when you made EVERYONE else laugh..

  • jenni50

    I went through depression, 18 years ago. IT is the loneliest & worst feeling ever.
    I will never forget that feeling. This is something you DON’T feel secure discussing, with ANYBODY.
    RIP Robin, I understand.

  • doretha

    Wow! Rest in Peace. he’s with GOD . he is no longer Depressed. one of the funniest comedians of our time he will be missed.

  • Penny

    I was so sorry to hear this news. What a wonderful & talented man he was. I will always remember the laughter he brought to so many of us. My thoughts & prayers are with his family and lived ones.

  • Valerie Williamson

    Robin Williams was the funniest comedian and actor . Also did many different people. I am in shock and Sympathy for his family at this time. I saw him in person way back before he was on mork and mindy and then got to see them in the show. Loved him, always will. Gone but not ever forgotten. I am just sorry he couldn’t be with us alittle longer.

  • Tee Tatham

    When my son told me I felt a profound sadness & a heavy heart. You never know how a person has touched your life if only for a few moments until they are gone. Thank you Robin for all the laughs

  • Michele

    I just spent 4 days in the hospital due to depression. I am doing SO much better. I wish he had done the same. There is help out there. If you are depressed or suicidal, please don’t go that far. Just go to your nearest emergency room like I did last week and they will take care of you and get you the help you need.

      • Michele

        Um, because he’s gone now. If he had gone for help instead of hanging himself the other day, he might still be here. I don’t understand how my statement could have been confusing to you. In every bout of deep depression we have the option of getting help. He may have gone for help in the past, but he obviously didn’t this time. I know he battled his depression for years, as so many of us do. Sometimes we have to go for help numerous times. We never get cured. We just hope that through whatever resources that are available we can keep our depression under control.

  • Yvonne Shaffer

    Sorry for you loss. May the memories that Robin Williams made be of comfort to his family, friends & all that loved him. He was a great actor & comedian. R.I.P. Robin Williams.

  • ashleybarberian

    Heartbroken to hear of this tremendous loss. The world is definitely a lot less funny now, after losing this incredible smile and laughter bringer. Rip.

  • joey boucher

    There are no words to say that could capture the full impact this heart breaking news brings to a fellow sufferer of depression who is taking care of a friend suffering from an even worse type of depression and drug dependencey myself just to cope . I can’t imagine the pain mr. Williams must have been dealing with and in his final moments . I understand .

    • Michele

      Please hang in there Joey, and your friend too. I don’t know how old you are, but I am 52 years old, and I hope you read my comment above. There truly is so much to live for! There is A LOT of help out there. 4 days in the Stress Unit at the Hospital last week was life saving, for me and the other people who were in there. Wonderful, NORMAL people! Just dealing with severe depression and some with drug issues. If you go through one place and it doesn’t help you, go to a different place for help. My doctor I’ve had since January would not listen to me that the meds he prescribed weren’t working. Now I found a doctor who will listen to me and changed my meds. I’m feeling MUCH better! I plan to attend outpatient counseling services. I don’t think we are ever cured, but we CAN enjoy life again! Hang in there friend. Many of us understand what you and your friend are going through. Whether you are religious or not…..I will keep you and your friend in my prayers :) .

  • Stephanie

    So sorry for the family’s loss, you will be in our prayers . He will always be remembered for being funny and making people smile.

  • mumblina24

    So tragic, but he will surely make for one of the best angels in heaven. I have never cried over any celebrities death but Robin Williams made so many movies that touched me as a child and as an adult. The man who’s name would bring a memory and a smile. God Bless him and his family.

  • samantha

    Robin Williams looked extremely old beyond his years, typical for anyone who is chronically malnourished, unable to absorb the food he eats, even if such food is nutritious, a consequence of perpetual inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract, damaged beyond repair by trans fat, refined sugars, artificial sweeteners, MSG, alcohol, acidic food — pretty much the notorious Western Diet and especially frankenfood, indicated by depression, poor attitude, heart disease, high-blood pressure, high cholesterol, constipation, E.D., low desire, IBS (diseases can number in the hundreds), and the most obvious indicator, the swollen abdomen, which used to be a given in old age but now has creeped all the way down to teenagers. Even athletes suffer, if not from a protruding abdomen, then from a sweet tooth and alcohol consumption, because refined sugars and alcohol are easily absorbed, even by a damaged G.I. system.

    Another usual suspect is corporate farming, its products virtually depleted of minerals and nutrition. As a consequence, for example, 80 percent of the population is now deficient in magnesium, a vital co-factor in hundreds of cell, organ and brain functions. When you consider there are many other mineral deficiencies, it’s only by miracle that so many are still alive.

    A more ominous suspect is the healthcare system, itself. Magnesium deficiency is indicated by depression, however, doctors prescribe, more by rule, not magnesium supplements but a drug such as Paxil, and most drugs further deplete magnesium from the body. A person sick today is better off staying away from the healthcare system altogether.

    If psychologists ever have to admit that depression is a food-borne illness, well, they’d be out of jobs, wouldn’t they? And so would a large segment of the healthcare industry, especially Big Pharma.

    But by far the worst usual suspects, the ones most responsible for inflamed digestive systems and malnorishment, are the psycopaths in the mainstream media, which used to be the Fourth Estate but no longer is, who’ve, by way of silence, thrown in with corporate bottom lines and stock holders — anything to make a buck at the expense of the health of children, families and adults.

    Robin Williams would still be alive today had the press taken up arms fifty years ago against lethal corpoate greed and profit, as had the Surgeon General first gone after lethal tobacco in the Sixties.

    In the same way there are dummies who continue to smoke today, most of the population continues to feast on the Western diet, completely oblivious to the contamination that makes them sicker today and older tomorrow, believing the pie today is the same one made by their grandmothers two generations ago.

    Nostalgia is an indicator of our bankrupt environment and the food in it, a psychological mechanism that struggles to compensate for unhappiness and depression, but rarely is the desired effect ever achieved because addiction to Western lifestyle paralyzes the conscience from ever regaining the health and well being required for true happiness.

    • Michele

      Hmmmm….I’m trying to figure out how our current western diet and medicine caused my grandmother’s Aunt in Germany to commit suicide in the early 1900’s. I agree that people need to eat halthier, but IMO this post was ridciulous. Sorry.

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