Really sad news to report today and there’s no easy way to say it: Robin Williams has passed away at the age of 63 from an apparent suicide. The actor was found unresponsive in his California home and 911 was called. When paramedics arrived, he was pronounced dead on the scene. At the moment, it seems asphyxia was the cause of death. How awful.
The Marin County Sheriff’s Office plans to investigate further and will perform an autopsy as well as toxicology tests starting today.
From The Hollywood Reporter:
Williams’ publicist Mara Buxbaum told The Hollywood Reporter that Williams “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 wife, Susan Schneider, said: “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 Robin’s death, but on the countless moments of joy and laughter he gave to millions.”
Added David Steinberg, his manager of 35 years: “Nobody made the world laugh like Robin Williams. My brother, my friend, my soulmate, I will miss you.”
In addition to a wife, Robin also left behind a daughter, Zelda, who posted this message to Twitter:
— Zelda Williams (@zeldawilliams) August 12, 2014