Robin Williams, the comedic genius who could make people laugh, cry, be uplifted and also be terrified through his stand up comedy and his astonishing wide range of films, was found dead at his home in Tiburon, California yesterday (Monday 11th August). The cause of death is an expected suicide.
The world is in shock at the all too soon sad passing of yet another actor who was still working extremely hard, and still bringing joy to movie fans around the world. The loss of Williams is devastating, but his memories will live on through his superb turns in some of the best films ever made.
Films like Mrs Doubtfire, Hook, Jumanji, Toys, The Birdcage, Nine Months, Jack, Patch Adams and Night at the Museum established his gentle, more comedic side, which came through with a much stronger adult vibe through his genius stand up. Talk shows would barely have to do any work when interviewing Williams who was always on the ball, and so quick with comebacks and jokes it was as if he was constantly one step ahead of everyone else.
Personally, I found favour more in his dramatic roles, and in the exceptional 1997 classic, Good Will hunting, Williams was able to bring out emotions in me on a number of occasions. However, roles in classics like Good Morning Vietnam, Awakenings, Dead Poets Society, What Dreams May Come, The Fisher King, The Night Listener (above), World’s Greatest Dad and The Butler proved that when it came to emotive drama and pure acting brilliance, Williams had a gift like no other. His adventures with his darkside in One Hour Photo and Insomnia showed an exciting, dangerous sinister side to his acting skills too.
Let’s also not forget his early days in TV shows Mork and Mindy and also Happy Days.
So it is with great sadness to report on his death, and Williams has left us all far too soon. While it is thought Williams died of asphyxiation, there is still some work to be done to determine exactly what happened. The Marin County Sheriff issued the following statement:
On August 11, 2014, at approximately 11:55 a.m, 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 Division s 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.
Robin Williams leaves behind a legacy, and a wealth of family and friends, three children and also his wife Susan Schneider, who issued the following statement:
“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. 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.”
HCF send their deepest condolences to Robin Williams family and friends.