The news of William's death at 12:05 P.M. today stunned Hollywood. Many celebrities Tweeted their sympathy to the family, and remembered Williams for bringing joy and laughter to others during his long career. He worked tirelessly for charities, and entertained troops overseas when he toured with the USO.
Coverage about Robin Williams' sudden death, network news reported that the cause of death was unknown. However, that's not what's trickling in over the internet. Marin County Sheriff's Department stated in a press release, "the Sheriff’s Office Coroner Division suspects the death to be a suicide due to asphyxia."
"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," his wife Susan Schneider said in a statement. Williams is survived by 3 children.
Behind the laughter, Williams struggled with serious personal issues. He battled alcoholism and substance abuse. He had extramarital affairs, and was famously sued for transmitting the herpes virus to one of his lovers, Michelle Tish Carter. He went through two divorces. To those looking in from the outside, he possessed an indomitable spirit.
Fame, fortune, fans, friends, and cheery Facebook posts do not cure depression. Even Williams Tweeted happy birthday wishes to his daughter a few days ago. But his real thoughts were held secret. Had he reached out, certainly someone among his friends and family would have tried to prevent him from taking his life.
If you or someone you know is considering suicide, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).