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Robin Williams: Beloved actor and comedian found dead of apparent suicide

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Robin Williams, beloved actor, voice actor and stand-up comedian died today at the age of 63 of “suicide due to asphyxia”, according to a news release from the Marin County Sheriff’s Office, Coroner’s Division, which states,

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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. 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.

Born July 21, 1951 in Chicago, Williams was a three time Academy Award winner for Best Actor, and garnered fame for his roles in comedy classics including “Mrs. Doubtfire”, “Night At The Museum” and the voice of Genie in Disney’s “Aladdin”, as well as dramatic films including “Dead Poet’s Society”, “Good Morning Vietnam” and “Good Will Hunting,” for which Williams earned an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor.

Williams won the hearts of the masses in his breakout role as the loveable alien “Mork from Ork,” whose trademark greeting, “Na-Nu-Na-Nu,” became a household word in 1978 with the television series Mork & Mindy, which ran through 1982 and costarred Williams and actress Pam Dauber.

Robin Williams, who starred in last season's short-lived CBS sitcom ‘The Crazy Ones,’ is survived by his wife and three children.

The official details of his death are reportedly still under investigation.

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