The news shook up Hollywood today August 11, as TV, radio, on-line sources and industry insiders began reporting that beloved comedian, star and personality Robin Williams was found dead today near noon at his home in Tiburon, CA. A rare pall swept over the area along Hollywood's Walk of Fame as the word spread among tourists and locals strolling along the boulevard.
According to the Hollywood Reporter on line the 63-year-old Williams died of apparent asphyxiation. The Hollywood Reporter and other news sources published a statement that read:
On August 11, 2014, at approximately 11:55 a.m, 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 Division s 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. At this time, the Sheriff’s Office Coroner Division suspects the death to be a suicide due to asphyxia, but a comprehensive investigation must be completed before a final determination is made. A forensic examination is currently scheduled for August 12, 2014 with subsequent toxicology testing to be conducted.
Williams came across as a maniacal comedian, always quick on the draw and fast with one liners and retorts. Los Angeles journalist, Richard Pietschmann interviewed him a few times for LA Magazine and other publications and says he was a pure, if not hyper delight. Williams was a four-time Oscar nominee who won a supporting actor Oscar for Good Will Hunting for his portrayal of a wise and morose psychologist. His most recent project was a now defunct CBS' comedy The Crazy Ones.
It could take tinsel town a long time to recover from this shocking event.