Actor Robin Williams was found dead Monday (Aug. 11) from an apparent suicide. Williams, 63, was discovered in his home in Tiburan, Calif.
From the Marin County Sheriff’s 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 had been battling depression. “Robin Williams passed away this morning. He has been battling severe depression of late,” his publicist Mara Buxbaum said in a statement.. “This is a tragic and sudden loss. The family respectfully asks for their privacy as they grieve during this very difficult time.”
He had notably fought with addiction and went to rehab last month, after 20 years of sobriety.
Williams had well over 200 acting credits to his name, including four films he recently wrapped. He got his big break with a spin-off show Mork & Mindy in the latest ’70s, and starred in films like Misses Doubtfire, Jumanji, and Patch Adams. His 2013 CBS sitcom, The Crazy Ones, was canceled after one season.