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. He also played gay in "The Night Listener," and "Boulevard," and was best friends with a transgendered woman in "The World According to Garp." He also partnered with Michael Jeter as an HIV-infected gay homeless man in "The Fisher King." (You could even make the argument that the Genie is a member of the LGBT community.) He performed at innumerable gay-friendly or gay fundraisers throughout the Bay Area and elsewhere over 40+ years, including one I was at at the Castro with Harvey Fierstein, Lily Tomlin and Marga Gomez. (Think that was for "The Celluloid Closet.")

    True story: Greg Louganis was being interview by the SF Chronicle in advance of his book signing that night at A Different Light, and was asked who his dream man was. Louganis replied that, surprisingly, he found Robin Williams very sexy--masculine, hairy, but also handsome and of course very funny. Cut to that night's signing: a limo pulls up, Robin Williams explodes out of the car, arms laden with flowers, and he rushes into the store past the lined up crowds and cries, "Here I am, your dream man!" He gave Louganis the flowers and a huge hug, then ran out the door back to his car & disappeared into the night. I actually met Robin Williams once (and he was lovely and soft-spoken), but the Greg Louganis story is my favorite example of his madcapness, but also his kindness and generosity.

    If you only know him from mainstream comedies, check out his dramatic turns in "One Hour Photo" "Insomnia" "Dead Again" "Seize the Day" "Garp" "Dead Poet's Society" "Awakenings" etc. He was truly a phenomenal talent.

    Posted by: Dback | Aug 12, 2014 11:30:09 AM


  2. Early in his career he appeared on an SCTV segment called The Bowery Boys in the Band. It was hysterical. Robin played the older guy, Satch, from the Bowery Boys as a gay man. It was a classic.

    Posted by: Bill Daniels | Aug 13, 2014 2:22:01 AM


  3. "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."

    That's nice. But what does that have to do with Robin Williams?

    And you can't "make yourself better" from depression anymore than you can "make yourself better" from being a quadriplegic.

    Posted by: Jacknasty | Aug 13, 2014 3:35:17 AM


  4. Headline:

    Remedy for Depression FOUND! Robin Williams’ life could have been saved with it.

    Story:

    Actor and comedian Robin Williams could have been saved, as well as anyone suffering from depression. An effective alternative to mental health to help people avoid depression has been found. It is called the Lewis Approach verbal system and training is available at the Lewis Approach Institute located in the greater Los Angeles area.

    The Lewis Approach has been in existence for decades, with its roots going back to 1972, was documented and published in a book in 1998, and has been used privately, and extremely successfully ever since, a period spanning 16 years.

    In the dozens of cases worked during that time, it has had a 100% success rate in helping relieve symptoms of depression, and also has the side benefits of helping people achieve relief anxiety and stress. The results are verifiable using any depression screening test.

    The Lewis Approach verbal system was developed by Chuck Lewis, who spent a period of over 40 years in the field of mental health, being based out of the greater Los Angeles area. Chuck is very well credentialed in the field including being a Diplomat of Clinical Social Work, LCSW, MFT, MSW.

    A true pioneer looking to create the most effective system to help people overcome and defeat depression, over the course of his career that spanned decades, he created and tested a verbal that got results that no other mental health professional was able to get.

    Knowing he was onto something, he partnered with his son and only child, Charles Lewis, to document the Lewis Approach verbal system that took the duo over 4 years to write.

    What’s different about Chuck Lewis and his Lewis Approach? He has taken the principles of traditional mental health and converted it into an applied science – thus taking it out of the traditional mental health field and making a real alternative that consistently produces effective and measurable results.

    There has been too much senseless death caused by depression – both from homicide (i.e., Sandy Hook, UC Santa Barbara) and suicide – the latest of a list too long including Robin Williams.

    Chuck Lewis retired from active public practice several years ago but has been running what is now known as the Lewis Approach Institute and been operating privately for the last 8 years. With yet another death, Chuck Lewis is now making his Lewis Approach verbal system available to the masses, as he cannot tolerate to stand by and watch these senseless deaths occur when he has a verbal system that can be the remedy.

    Chuck Lewis can be reached for interview by calling (213) 280-0718.

    Your readers deserve to be made aware about this verbal system that has been effectively been proven to help significantly relieve, and in many cases remove entire, depression. Let your readers be able to take action and have the ability to help save the life of a loved one …. or even their own life.

    Posted by: Fila Dolar | Aug 14, 2014 2:21:24 AM


  5. Even though you have the worlds admiration around you, your personal pain can't be solved by any one person. Robin, you were brave to make such a decision of finality. Your fans wanted you to please their extension of your life, but, again we are not sharing your agony. Farewell to a man who gave and never asked anything in return.

    Posted by: Patty C. | Aug 15, 2014 11:32:10 AM


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