*Those of us old enough to remember first “met” the actor and comedian, Robin Williams as the alien “Mork” on the ABC television series, “Mork & Mindy” (circa 1978-1982). But is was through his incredible work and charitable commitments over the decades, that he became much more – like a beloved friend, portraying some of the most hilarious, memorable and endearing roles – such as the comedy classic, “Mrs. Doubtfire,” the over the top DJ in “Good Morning, Vietnam,” and “Jumanji.” According to a police report, Williams, 63, was found dead this morning in his Bay Area, Tiburon, home from an apparent suicide by asphyxiation.
According to his publicist, Williams, who had recently starred in a new comedy on CBS called, “The Crazy Ones,” was battling severe depression. The show was cancelled after one season.
His wife, Susan Schneider, released this statement:
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.
Williams’ press representative Mara Buxbaum released this 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.
Williams’ death is under investigation by the Coroners Office of the Marin County Police Department, and they will will hold a press conference in San Rafael on August 12.
RIP Robin. No one could touch your incredible talent. You will be missed more than words can ever articulate.
See Robin Williams’ “Best Scenes” from “Good Morning, Vietnam” below. This man was hilarious beyond compare!