The world is mourning the death of Robin Williams who has died at age 63, on Monday evening 11 August 2014. Williams, known for his ability to make fans laugh and also think more deeply, with his ability to touch on so many aspects of the human spirit, was pronounced dead at his home in California on Monday, according to the sheriff’s office in Marin County, north of San Francisco.
Coroner investigators suspect “the death to be a suicide due to asphyxia,” according to a statement from the Marin County, California, Sheriff’s Office.
“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,” said Williams’ wife, Susan Schneider, who has been married to Williams since October 2011.
Minnie Driver, who co-starred with him in the 1997 movie Goodwill Hunting, tweeted “My Heart’s broken. Robin was a beautiful, kind soul. Can’t bear that he’s gone. So incredibly sorry for his family.” (@driverminnie)
Kevin Spacey tweeted: “Robin Williams made the world laugh & think. I will remember & honor that. A great man, artist and friend. I will miss him beyond measure.” (@KevinSpacey)
Mara Buxbaum, his press representative, said that he has been battling severe depression recently. “This is a tragic and sudden loss. The family respectfully asks for their privacy as they grieve during this very difficult time,” she requested.
Williams made at least two trips to rehab for drug treatment, the last one in recent months, and he underwent heart surgery in 2009.
Williams’ fans can look forward to, among other movies, another installment in the “Night at the Museum” franchise. The film, set for a December release, has Williams reprising the Teddy Roosevelt role he delivered in the first two comedies.
Many tweets touch on the paradox of the funny man who is sad inside and the irony in his death amidst global sadness. We will always love his roles.
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