Robin Williams dead at age 63

Authorities suspect Williams' death was a suicide

MARIN COUNTY, Calif. (KOIN 6) — According to a press release from the Marin County Sheriff’s Office in California, actor Robin Williams was pronounced dead at 12:02 p.m. Monday from an apparent suicide.

At 11:55 a.m., the Marin County Communications received a 911 telephone call reporting a man had been located unconscious and not breathing inside his residence in unincorporated Tiburon, Calif.

Actor Robin Williams participates in the "The Crazy Ones" panel at the 2013 CBS Summer TCA Press Tour at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif., July 29, 2013(Photo by Frank Micelotta/Invision/AP, File)
Actor Robin Williams participates in the “The Crazy Ones” panel at the 2013 CBS Summer TCA Press Tour at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif., July 29, 2013(Photo by Frank Micelotta/Invision/AP, File)

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 p.m. The man, pronounced deceased at 12:02 p.m. was later identified as Williams. He was 63.

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An investigation into the cause, manner, and circumstances of the death is currently underway by the Investigations and Coroner Divisions of the Marin County Sheriff’s Office.

Authorities said preliminary information developed during the investigation indicated Williams was last seen alive at his residence, where he lived with his wife, at approximately 10 p.m. on Sunday. He was located Monday morning shortly before the 911 call was placed to Marin County Communications.

At this time, the Sheriff’s Office Coroner Division said they suspect 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 Tuesday with subsequent toxicology testing to be conducted.

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Williams shot to fame in the late ’70s as the alien in TV’s “Mork and Mindy.” He conquered the big screen in comic films such as “Good Morning, Vietnam” and “Mrs. Doubtfire.” But he won his Academy Award in a serious role – as the therapist in “Good Will Hunting.”

His performing style was at its purest in his stand-up act, as he impersonated a Russian immigrant or parodied anyone from John Wayne to Keith Richards.

Williams’ wife, Susan Schneider, said she lost a husband and best friend who was one of the worlds “most beloved artists and beautiful human beings.”

His press representative, Mara Buxbaum, said Williams had recently been battling severe depression.

“Remember, suicide is a permanent solution to temporary problems,” Robin Williams, as Lance in 2009′s “World’s Greatest Dad.”

Coping with suicide: local groups offer help, comfort

Locally, there are numerous resources available to those in need of help or support during difficult times:

  • Lines for Life – www.linesforlife.org
  • Suicide Lifeline – 800-273-TALK
  • Alcohol & Drug Helpline – 800-923-HELP
  • Military Helpline – 888-457-4838 or text MIL1 to 839836
  • Youthline – 877-968-8491 or text teen2teen to 839863

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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