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On this Day in Movie History, August 11, 2014: Robin Williams dead

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Oscar-winning actor and comedian Robin Williams has died at age 63, according to police in Marin County, Calif.

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

A forensic examination is currently scheduled for August 12, 2014 with subsequent toxicology testing to be conducted.

According to his publicist, who confirmed the news, the actor had been battling depression of late and had recently entered 12-step rehab stint for drug abuse.

Best known for both comedic and dramatic roles in movies including “Good Will Hunting,” for which he won a Best Supporting Actor in 1997, Williams won several Emmys, Golden Globes.

Williams’ film career was bookended by TV roles including his breakout role on the ABC sitcom “Mork & Mindy” in 1978. He returned to TV on CBS last season, “The Crazy Ones.”

Birthdays
1912 - Jean Parker (Lois Green Zelinska) (actress: Apache Uprising, The Gunfighter, The Texas Rangers, Little Women [1933]; died Nov 30, 2005)

1928 - Arlene Dahl (actress: Night of the Warrior, Slightly Scarlet, Three Little Words, One Life to Live; author: beauty book series; TV host: Pepsi-Cola Playhouse, Opening Night; wife of actor Fernando Lamas, mother of actor Lorenzo Lamas)

1937 - Anna Massey (actress: A Doll’s House, Frenzy, Bunny Lake is Missing, Anna Karenina; died Jul 3, 2011)

1965-Viola Davis (actress: Doubt, The Help)

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