We were saddened to hear that Oscar Award Winning actor Robin Williams died at his Northern California home Monday. Williams apparently took his own life, law enforcement officials said. He was 63. Williams married graphic designer Susan Schneider in October 2011.
In Schneider’s statement, she says
“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”
Williams media representative Mara Buxbaum told CNN
“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.”
The death of Williams was a shock the entertainment industry, fans and the nonprofit community.
In a statement released by the White House, President Barack Obama says
“Robin Williams was an airman, a doctor, a genie, a nanny, a president, a professor, a bangarang Peter Pan, and everything in between. But he was one of a kind. He arrived in our lives as an alien — but he ended up touching every element of the human spirit. He made us laugh. He made us cry. He gave his immeasurable talent freely and generously to those who needed it most — from our troops stationed abroad to the marginalized on our own streets.”
In a statement issued by the sheriff’s department “Williams was last seen alive at his home, where he lives with his wife, at about 10 p.m. Sunday.”
“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,” the sheriff’s statement said.
“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.”
R.I.P. Robin Williams