Actor Robin Williams Dead at 63

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Actor Robin Williams has died at the age of 63, according to a press release from the Marin County, California police department.

On August 11, 2014, at approximately 11:55 am, 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 Divisions 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.

Williams was the star of dozens of films including Dead Poet's Society, Mrs. Doubtfire and The Birdcage and a television icon for his 70's role as a sitcom alien in Mork and Mindy. He received an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor in Good Will Hunting, two Emmys, four Golden Globes, and five Grammys - certainly one of the greatest actors of his generation.

RIP.

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  1. UFFDA, Shannon could be a guy, you know.

    Posted by: Li'l Kiwiwi | Aug 11, 2014 8:43:32 PM


  2. Loved the man from the very first time I saw him on Carson up to his recent CBS show, "The Crazy Ones". Brilliant in every aspect of his career... and his manic energy will be missed.

    Posted by: Rad | Aug 11, 2014 9:00:01 PM


  3. I can't imagine how unhappy someone must be to take their own life. How awful.

    Posted by: Andy | Aug 11, 2014 9:10:14 PM



  4. I cannot help but think about how his struggles with substance abuse might have destroyed his ability to generate serotonin. The resulting emotional pain and depression is actually a physical thing. How horrible.

    Posted by: TM in LBC | Aug 11, 2014 9:26:15 PM


  5. So what?

    Posted by: UFFDA | Aug 11, 2014 9:33:02 PM


  6. Having watched Robin on TV and in movies my whole life I feel like I've lost a member of my extended family. He was a superbly talented and brilliant character actor and impressionist, on top of being a standup comedian with impeccable timing and improvisation. I'm so sorry depression got the better of him.

    Rest in peace.

    Posted by: sparks | Aug 11, 2014 9:56:01 PM


  7. Perhaps more than anything else he gave the wonderful gift of laughter to those marginalized by society. He was a manic energy force and always irrepressibly funny! The world is a far less bright place without the rapid fire comic genius of Robin Williams in it.

    Posted by: Mike | Aug 11, 2014 9:59:35 PM


  8. Sad that he died and that he struggled with mental illness. That said, it's predictable that people would overpraise him now that he's dead. His "manic" comedic style wore thin relatively early in his career; his film choices were among the worst of any major movie star (Patch Adams?); and most of his mid-to-late career performances were suffused with mawkish sentimentality. While was one of the most commercially successful actors of his generation, he was not even close to being one of the best actors of his generation. Typical soft-headed Towleroad editorializing.

    Posted by: WandaJackson | Aug 11, 2014 10:02:42 PM


  9. WANDAJACKSON you are entitled to your opinion, however, so is everyone else. Take a chill pill dear.

    Posted by: JSB | Aug 11, 2014 10:07:30 PM


  10. I loved him as Garp [and thought he really captured the character from the book] and cannot imagine Genii from Aladdin any other way. I thought the intro scene of that character perfectly captured Robin Williams.

    Posted by: ben~andy | Aug 11, 2014 10:18:11 PM


  11. Watching "The Birdcage" now, to try to keep a sense of humor. Such a sad loss.

    Posted by: SoLeftImRight | Aug 11, 2014 10:19:47 PM


  12. @TM in LBC,

    True. Good point. I don't think many people appreciate that point. Those with serious substance abuse issues are often very emotional, all over the map, and that's often the result not of some deep psychological pain, but the adverse physiologic effects caused by their addictions. I hear some people say Mr. Williams was an alcoholic, but I do also recall he had a serious addiction to cocaine at one time, and he may have had multiple substance abuse issues.

    He was a very talented man, a great stand up comic. RIP.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Aug 11, 2014 10:25:45 PM


  13. He was never my cup of tea as a performer, but I always feel a sense of vicarious relief when a person is able to finally escape the physical pain of clinical depression and addiction. You can rest now, Mr. Williams.

    Posted by: Nanu Nanu | Aug 11, 2014 10:35:00 PM


  14. He certainly personified the "manic" part of manic-depression.

    Posted by: JonnyNYNY2FLFL | Aug 11, 2014 11:15:32 PM


  15. As was pointed out in the NY Post article, depression is a disease, it comes from within. It's not brought on by negative social factors. RW had a "great life" and couldn't be more popular world-wide. If anyone had less reason to kill himself it was RW. So, please stop downgrading the severity of depression in the TR comments by suggesting that people get cured when they get treated better (as in nicer). They don't! There aren't even effective medications and some of the medications increase the risk of suicide! It's possible RW was taking meds for depression and that contributed to his suicide.

    Posted by: anon | Aug 11, 2014 11:31:08 PM


  16. My "so what?" sounds terrible...it was in response to the one who said that SHANNON might be a man. Sorry.

    Posted by: UFFDA | Aug 11, 2014 11:37:24 PM


  17. JSB: As it happens, I am totally chill, and still I doubt anyone would be calling Robin Williams one of the greatest actors of his generation if he hadn't died within the past 24 hours.

    Posted by: WandaJackson | Aug 12, 2014 12:26:27 AM


  18. People who are wealthy have the means to reduce depression to everyday unhappiness. Until they manage to just become unhappy, they should not be alone.

    Wealthy sad people who are all alone have the financial resources to DESTROY themselves, although it'd be better if they made themselves better. Sometimes they do. It seems that for every wealthy person who fills up the emptiness of his life by performing good works, there are twice as many who fill their empty hearts and empty lives with addictive drugs and addictive behaviors.

    Posted by: BigGuy | Aug 12, 2014 1:23:18 AM


  19. Man, can you negative haters just STFU !? He was an AWESOME talent. Whatever his shortcomings in your eyes (mentally or otherwise), he contributed brilliantly as a performer and actor.

    Posted by: AZXPAT | Aug 12, 2014 1:49:49 AM


  20. What Pat said.

    Lit a candle for him tonight.

    Posted by: John O | Aug 12, 2014 4:25:17 AM


  21. I was never a fan of his work, but this is terribly sad for his friends and family.

    RIP

    Posted by: MaryM | Aug 12, 2014 4:42:20 AM


  22. RIP

    Posted by: Rob | Aug 12, 2014 7:32:46 AM


  23. Suicide, almost always an incredible selfish act.

    Posted by: Perry | Aug 12, 2014 8:47:03 AM


  24. @WandaJackson: Robin Williams has an Oscar. Out of millions of working actors, less than 100 are Academy Awards winners. So yeh, I'd say he's one of our generation's greatest actors.

    And yes, I can already hear you sharpening your claws about how awards are meaningless. Mind you, Oscar winners are awarded by their peers in the film industry, and actors are the largest voting branch in the Academy. So I'm going to go with their opinion over some lowly internet troll desperate for people to respond to them.

    Posted by: crispy | Aug 12, 2014 9:06:43 AM


  25. Iconic gay camp movies included The Birdcage and an appearance in To Wong Foo... and to some extent, Mrs. Doubtfire (esp with harvey fierstein playing an openly gay brother)

    Posted by: reality | Aug 12, 2014 9:35:51 AM


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