by John Urban | Top Right News
Comedian/Oscar-winning actor extraordinaire Robin Williams died this morning at his home in California, apparently by his own hand.
According to the Hollywood Reporter,
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.
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.
He left us far too soon, haunted by demons he could no longer bear. According to his publicist:
“Robin Williams passed away this morning,” the actor’s rep Mara Buxbaum said in a statement tonight. “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.”
The actor won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his role in “Good Will Hunting” and appeared in dozens of films including “Good Morning Vietnam,” “Mrs. Doubtfire,” and “Dead Poets Society.” He voiced the Genie in the Disney animated film “Aladdin.”
Thank you, Robin, for all the great performances, the side-splitting comedy, the heart-wrenching dramatic epics.
Robin’s wife, Susan issued a statement on his death:
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.
And in the spirit of her wishes, we remember him now with his Top 10 performances, as chosen by WatchMojo:
And one more that is a personal favorite, with Williams doing what he loved so much: entertaining the troops in the tradition of Bob Hope. Here, he performs for troops in 2007 at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait: