As if the death of Robin Williams couldn’t get more heartbreaking, his wife Susan Schneider released a statement yesterday in which she insisted that Williams had not relapsed into drug use but was suffering – as we all know – from depression and anxiety. What we didn’t know? He had also been diagnosed with the early stages of Parkinson’s Disease.
Here’s Schneider’s full statement:
Robin spent so much of his life helping others. Whether he was entertaining millions on stage, film or television, our troops on the frontlines, or comforting a sick child — Robin wanted us to laugh and to feel less afraid.
Since his passing, all of us who loved Robin have found some solace in the tremendous outpouring of affection and admiration for him from the millions of people whose lives he touched. His greatest legacy, besides his three children, is the joy and happiness he offered to others, particularly to those fighting personal battles.
Robin’s sobriety was intact and he was brave as he struggled with his own battles of depression, anxiety as well as early stages of Parkinson’s Disease, which he was not yet ready to share publicly.
It is our hope in the wake of Robin’s tragic passing, that others will find the strength to seek the care and support they need to treat whatever battles they are facing so they may feel less afraid.
Of course, Parkinson’s is dealable and survivable, but it’s anyone’s guess as to how this diagnosis figured into his mental and emotional state. It’s still just such a sad loss, and his wife and daughter are dealing with it all with such grace.
August 15, 2014 at 5:00 am by Jennifer
As reported pretty much everywhere, Robin Williams was found dead of an apparent suicide on Monday at the age of 63. Incredibly sad news, and news that has raised a ton of discussion around the world in regards to mental health, substance abuse, etc. Now an official statement has been released, giving us more of an insight (not that I think the public necessarily should have it) on what exactly happened.
From US Weekly:
In a press conference on Tuesday, Aug. 12, Lt. Keith Boyd told reporters that, while the investigation is ongoing, the Oscar-winning actor’s preliminary cause of death has been determined to be “asphyxia due to hanging.”
According to Lt. Boyd, Williams was found in his Tiburon, Calif., home at around 11:45 a.m. by his personal assistant, who became concerned when the actor failed to respond to knocks on his bedroom door. Boyd told reporters that Williams was discovered in a “seated position,” “slightly suspended” above the ground, with a belt around his neck.
There was also evidence, Boyd said, of superficial wounds on the inside of Williams’ left wrist. A pocket knife was found nearby.
Officials responded to the assistant’s 911 call at 11:55 a.m. According to Boyd, it’s unknown at this point when exactly he committed suicide, but he was pronounced dead just after 12:00 p.m.
Per Boyd’s timeline of events, Williams was last seen alive the previous evening at around 10:30 p.m., when his wife, Susan Schneider, went to bed. He retired to a different room in the house at some point that night.
So basically, he tried to slit his wrists first and when that didn’t work, he hanged himself. I can only imagine what a desperate state he must have been in – you would think that perhaps in a state of mania if he didn’t succeed in cutting his wrists, it might have snapped him back to reality a bit and made him stop and think. I don’t mean to be insensitive and I’m not blaming him – obviously I’ve never been there, so I can’t say for sure – I just think this keeps getting sadder and sadder and even when it’s someone you don’t know, it’s awful to see or hear about another person being in such pain.
Because the investigation is still going on, police wouldn’t reveal whether or not a note was left. We do know, however, that he had been in treatment for depression. Perhaps when he checked into rehab in the beginning of last month, he was hoping he could find help?
August 13, 2014 at 5:30 am by Jennifer
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
August 12, 2014 at 12:08 am by Jennifer
Robin Williams has had his share of substance abuse issues in his day, but he’s been clean and sober since his latest relapse back in 2006. So why is he heading back to rehab now, 8 years later? It’s not because he’s gotten off track again, but rather because he wants to make sure he stays on it.
Williams is at Hazelden Addiction Treatment Center near Lindstrom, Minnesota.
Robin is in a part of the facility called The Lodge — there are lots of fancy descriptions, but it’s essentially a program to maintain long-term sobriety.
We’re told Robin will be staying for several weeks.
The pic (above) was taken Sunday at a Dairy Queen … walking distance from Hazelden.
Robin has struggled with addiction for decades. He cold turkeyed cocaine and alcohol in the early 1980s and was sober for 20 years … then fell off the wagon. He went to rehab in 2006.
Robin’s rep tells 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.”
I guess he wants to make sure he’s in the best possible frame of mind to make the shit show that will be Mrs. Doubtfire 2? Nah, in all seriousness, good for him. I’m not a Robin Williams fan and find him totally overrated, but I respect what he’s achieved in his career and his dedication to his sobriety. Best of luck to him!
July 2, 2014 at 5:00 am by Jennifer
“I think I wore it better” he teases, posting a screenshot of an outfit he wore in Mrs. Doubtfire comparing it to the gown Kardashian wore to the Met Gala (via Coco Perez). So far, Kardashian has not responded. Interested to see how this plays out. Will she acknowledge it and laugh along or go the Bynes-McCarthy route?
IT’S A RUN BY
Amusingly, Gossip Cop reports via Star Magazine that Kanye picked the dress out for Kim and was “annoyed” and “embarrassed” that she altered it by removing the belt and adding sleeves. Uh oh. If this is true, it makes sense that she wouldn’t respond, and Mork should watch his back.
May 8, 2013 at 3:30 pm by Catherine St. Ives
A new Batman movie is in the works, and Robin Williams feels he’s owed a part in it. Yo’kay, Robin Williams.
Supposedly Robin was up for the role of both The Joker and The Riddler, and those roles went to Jack Nicholson and Jim Carrey. With The Riddler reappearing in the new movie, Robin thinks that this is his time to shine. The actor spoke to Empire Magazine and said, “I would do Batman in a second. I’d play The Riddler in the next one, although it would be hard to top Heath Ledger as the villain and I’m a little hairy for tights. The Batman films have screwed me twice before: years ago they offered me The Joker and then gave it to Jack Nicholson, then they offered me The Riddler and gave it to Jim Carrey. I’d be like, ‘Ok, is this a real offer? If it is, then the answer’s yes. Don’t pump me again motherf**kers’.”
If Robin does wind up being cast, I don’t think it would be a terrible choice. Probably not the best pick (What was the last good movie he was in? I mean, forrrreal), but definitely not the worst. But still, the begging/entitlement? It’s not a good look.