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Robin Williams: Shocking death at age 63

Another great performer, gone.
Another great performer, gone.
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Police reported having found actor Robin Williams dead on Monday at 11:55 a.m. in his home in Tiburon. The apparent cause of death was suicide. He was pronounced dead at 12:02 p.m.

Many young and old are mourning the tragedy of “the funniest man alive.” Williams was a lovable character, a husband, a best friend, and an unbelievable actor. He was known to touch the hearts of his fans and fellow actors in flicks such as Mrs. Doubtfire, Jumanji, and Mork & Mindy, a Happy Days spin off. Williams was also known for his serious roles in Good Will Hunting (1997), The Fisher King (1991), Dead Poets Society (1989) and Good Morning Vietnam (1987).

His most recent appearance was in the new CBS sitcom The Crazy Ones, which was unfortunately cancelled after the pilot season.

A Marin County coroner’s release informed that Williams might have committed suicide through asphyxia, or in layman’s terms: from choking. His longtime personal publicist released the following statement: “Robin Williams passed away this morning. He 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.”

Susan Schneider, Robin Williams’ wife, also released a heartfelt statement to the New York Times: "This morning, I lost my husband and my best friend, while the world lost one if it’s 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 that the focus will not be on Robin's death but on the countless moments of joy and laughter he gave to millions."

Williams had attended rehab in July this year at the Hazelden Addiction Treatment Center in Minnesota. Previous to the that visit was in 2006. The blame was placed on working back-to-back projects, a spokesperson told People Magazine.

During the Mork and Mindy era, Williams struggled with substance abuse, but decided to quit abruptly after news of his wife becoming pregnant with their first son. Nevertheless, he has always spoken openly about his heavy use of cocaine.

The exact reason of death is still under investigation and an autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday. Another good artist, gone. He will sincerely be missed.

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