Around noon today, Monday August 11th, 2014, beloved comedian and award-winning actor Robin Williams has died at the age of 63 in his northern California home. According to the Marin County Sherriff’s Department, William’s death is attributed to asphyxiation as suspected suicide.
At 11:55 am, a 9-1-1 call was placed from Williams’ home, claiming an adult male was on the floor, unconscious and not breathing. Emergency personnel raced to the scene and arrived almost immediately at noon. Sadly, the renowned comedian was pronounced dead at the scene at approximately 12:02.
Williams lived in Tiburon, California with his third wife, Susan Schneider, a graphic designer, whom he wed almost three years ago in the nearby Napa Valley in October of 2011. Schneider sent a written statement via representative to CNN.
“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.”
Williams had made two trips to rehab during his career. Early on for substance abuse during his rise to stardom and again in 2006 for alcohol addiction, along with another visit just this summer. A statement from his publicist Mara Buxbaum to the Wrap states that the star had been “battling severe depression of late.”
Those who had ever worked with him, or even met him, knew exactly what one-in-a-million talent and genius looked like. This was reflected immensely by the heartwarming condolences that were given by his friends and admirers.
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
Robin Williams has died and I am very sad. From every comedian here at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, we salute him & we say goodbye
— Eddie Izzard (@eddieizzard) August 11, 2014
One of the greatest nights of my youth was spent with dear Robin Williams. Let’s all get closer to our friends who are down, and share love.
— Val Kilmer (@ValEKilmer) August 12, 2014
Even President Barack Obama had this to say about the beloved star:
“Robin Williams was an airman, a doctor, a genie, a nanny, a president, a professor, a bangarang Peter Pan, and everything in between. But he was one of a kind. He arrived in our lives as an alien — but he ended up touching every element of the human spirit. He made us laugh. He made us cry. He gave his immeasurable talent freely and generously to those who needed it most — from our troops stationed abroad to the marginalized on our own streets.”
To many across the world, Robin Williams was more than a just a comedian and actor, but a man who touched their lives through the magic of film. Whether you laughed because of his debut antics of Mork the alien, cried during Jack, or were inspired by Dead Poets Society, everything he did left some kind of impression on your soul which you will remember for days to come.
And with a heavy heart, we say goodbye to you Robin, a genius of his time and one who was taken from us much too soon.