Robin Williams’ Death Ruled a Suicide
Monday night, the nation was rocked by news of the death of Robin Williams, beloved comic and actor. On Tuesday, officials at the Marin County sheriff's department confirmed that the actor committed suicide by asphyxiation in his home in Tiburon, California. He was 63 years old.
According to his press agent Mara Buxbaum, Williams privately struggled with depression. The actor publicly struggled with addiction, often drawing on his experiences with cocaine in candid and frenetic standup routines, but had been sober 20 years before seeking treatment for alcohol abuse in 2006. Williams entered rehab in early July 2014 to "fine-tune and focus on his continued commitment" to sobriety, Huffington Post reported at the time.
You remember Williams from classic movies like Good Will Hunting, Jumanji, Dead Poets Society, Mrs. Doubtfire, Aladdin, and more. Details of his death, from the Los Angeles Times:
Robin Williams, a comic and sitcom star in the 1970s who became an Oscar-winning dramatic actor, died Monday at 63 in Marin County. The Marin County Sheriff's Office said he appears to have committed suicide.
Williams, hailed as a comic genius, was a star of movies and television for more than three decades. He also suffered from substance abuse problems.
The actor "has been battling severe depression of late," his publicist Mara Buxbaum said. "This is a tragic and sudden loss. The family respectfully asks for their privacy as they grieve during this very difficult time."
Williams was found unresponsive at his home in Tiburon around noon Monday, sheriff’s officials said. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Williams' daughter, Zelda, tweeted out this message after the news of his passing:
We're still trying to wrap our minds around this news. And we'll probably be watching his movie's on loop all this week. Man. RIP, Robin Williams.