Los Angeles, CA (The Hollywood Times) 8/11/14 – Today, Monday, August 11, 2014, Williams (63) was found unconscious at his residence and was pronounced dead at the scene. The Marin County, California coroner’s office suggested the cause of death to be suicide by asphyxiation, though it is still under investigation.
His film career included such acclaimed films as Good Morning, Vietnam (1987), Dead Poets Society (1989), Awakenings (1990), The Fisher King (1991), and Good Will Hunting (1997), as well as financial successes such as Popeye (1980), Hook (1991), Aladdin (1992), Mrs. Doubtfire (1993), Jumanji (1995), The Birdcage (1996), Night at the Museum (2006), and Happy Feet (2006). He also appeared in the video to “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” by Bobby McFerrin.
Nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor three times, Williams went on to receive the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Good Will Hunting (1997). He also received two Emmy Awards, four Golden Globes, two Screen Actors Guild Awards and five Grammy Awards.
He rose to fame while playing Mork the alien in the TV show Mork & Mindy, a Happy Days spinoff.
Williams had most recently starred in the new CBS sitcom The Crazy Ones with Sarah Michelle Geller. It was cancelled after just one season and just recently there was talk of a sequel to Mrs. Doubtfire.(Wikipedia)
According to his publicist, Williams had been battling severe depression.
Susan Schneider, the actor’s wife, released the following statement to the New York Times’ Dave Itzkoff:
“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 that the focus will not be on Robin’s death but on the countless moments of joy and laughter he gave to millions.”
Here is the full press release on his death, courtesy of Marin PD.
Fellow actors posted on Twitter to express deep sorrows on the death of their friend.
I could not be more stunned by the loss of Robin Williams, mensch, great talent, acting partner, genuine soul. — Steve Martin (@SteveMartinToGo) August 11, 2014
Terrible, Terrible news. @robinwilliams has died. So sad. Comedy has lost a great man. — Fred Willard (@Fred_Willard) August 11, 2014
Shocked by the news of Robin Williams passing. Rest in peace my friend — Albert Brooks (@AlbertBrooks) August 11, 2014
Williams was celebrated for his acting career, but he should also be remembered for his charitable endeavors. Williams spearheaded Comic Relief, which holds concerts and variety shows to raise money to help the homeless. He was also an avid gamer and even named his daughter Zelda.
In his last post to Instagram, he paid tribute to his young daughter on her birthday. Zelda Williams who also is an actress.