San Francisco (Examiner.com) - Oscar-winner actor and comedian Robin Williams has delightedly fascinated audiences for decades with his hair-raising voice, and showered us with his whimsical comical antics. On Monday at the age of 63, he has decided that he will no longer lavish our hearts with laughter. According to the San Francisco Bay police Mr. Williams was announced dead in his San Francisco Bay home on Monday August 11, 2014 of an apparent suicide. Further investigation has been found on Tuesday morning, that he also made an attempt to slit his wrist.
He was well remembered for his début in the 1974 "Happy Days" and especially the 1978 "Mork and Mindy" episodes, where he starred as an intelligent being from another planet. We gasped as we saw him in his wacky drag-queen drab and witty shenanigans in "Mrs. Doubtfire", his unforgettable supporting role in "Good Will Hunting" and the daunting part he took in "Good Morning, Vietnam". He was awarded with three Golden Globe for those outstanding performances. He was graciously awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Hollywood, California.
A quote from Mr. Williams: "Everyone has these two visions when they hold their child for the first time. The first is your child as an adult saying, "I want to thank the Nobel Committee for this award." The other is "You want fries with that?"“
The Marin County Sheriff's Department sent out a statement saying that, "Williams was found unconscious and not breathing in his home around noon." However the statement continued to say, "that there is an ongoing investigation into Mr. Williams' death." The coroner that has reported that Mr. Williams was last seen alive on Sunday at 10 p.m. has suspected that the death to have been a suicide caused by asphyxia.
Mr. Williams’ publicist commented that, "He has been battling severe depression." He never minded sharing his struggles with the luring lines of cocaine, and what that addiction for many years has done to him, knowing that it devoured his life in the '70s and '80s. Alcoholism in 2006 forced him to reach out for help and he underwent rehab to control the thirst. At a near by vineyard no less, rumor has-it: “That he wanted his options”.
Mr. Williams' wife Susan Schneider said, “This morning, I lost my husband and my best friend, while the world lost one of its most beloved artists and beautiful human beings," she said. "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 the focus will not be on Robin's death, but on the countless moments of joy and laughter he gave to millions.”
My personal favorites of his unbelievable performances: “(1987) Good Morning, Vietnam”, “(1989) Dead Poet Society”, “(1990) Awaken”, (1991), “(1993) Mrs. Doubtfire” and “(1997) Good Will Hunting”.