Rest In Peace: Comedian and Oscar Winner Robin Williams Dead at 63

Monday, 11 August 2014 15:02 Written by  iamrogue
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Rest In Peace: Comedian and Oscar Winner Robin Williams Dead at 63

Truly terrible news to report today: Beloved comedian and Oscar-winning actor Robin Williams died this morning at the age of 63.

Williams was found in his Tiburon, California home this morning. 

The cause of death, according to the Marin County Sheriff's Office Coroner Division, is currently believed to be "a suicide due to asphyxia, but a comprehensive investigation must be completed before a final determination is made."

Mara Buxbaum, his publicist, confirmed Williams's death and acknowledged that he has struggled with depression recently but did not comment directly on the manner of his passing, saying in a statement, “Robin Williams passed away this morning. 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.”

A stand-up comedian known for his giddy exuberance and infectious hyperactivity, Robin McLaurin Williams was born in Chicago in 1950. 

He's been a fixture on the pop culture landscape since Mork & Mindy, the Happy Days spinoff on which Williams played the alien Mork from 1978 to 1982.  In 1988 he was nominated for an Academy Award on account of his performance in Good Morning, Vietnam.  He went on to be nominated twice more, for Dead Poets Society and The Fisher King, before winning a Best Supporting Actor Oscar in 1998 for his work in Good Will Hunting.

His other acclaimed performances include turns in Awakenings, The World According to Garp, Lee Daniels' The Butler, Insomnia, and his revelatory work in One Hour Photo.

Many fans are doubtless imagining Williams in any number of fondly remembered films like Mrs. Doubtfire, Hook, The Birdcage, and World's Greatest Dad.

Last season, Williams returned to television with the CBS series The Crazy Ones.  He reprised his role as Teddy Roosevelt in this December's sequel Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb

His wife, Susan Schneider, issued a statement saying, “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.”

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