Robin Williams Found Dead of Apparent Suicide
Comedian Robin Williams was found dead this afternoon in his home in Tiburon, Calif., where he lived with his wife, according to the Marin County Sheriff’s department. The cause of death is suspected to be suicide by asphyxia. His press representatives have said that Williams, who was 63, was battling depression.
Williams’ most recent TV project was The Crazy Ones on CBS CBS +1.6% where he starred as an eccentric ad exec opposite Sarah Michelle Gellar. The show was canceled after one season.
Williams was a beloved stand-up comedian who got his big break with 1978′s Mork and Mindy. Playing an alien trying to understand life on Earth, Williams unleashed his manic improve style on network TV and created a phenomenon that lasted four seasons. Rainbow suspenders and the term “nanoo nanoo” because part of the culture thanks to Williams (who played it a bit dirtier in his stand-up routines). The Crazy Ones was the first time Williams had returned to TV in a starring role since Mork and Mindy.
He went on to a lucrative movie career that mixed serious turns in films like Good Morning Vietnam and Good Will Hunting with comedies like Mrs. Doubtfire and The Birdcage. Williams won an Oscar for Good Will Hunting and earned three other acting nominations over the course of his life. His films earned more than $5 billion at the global box office.
Most recently, Williams appeared as Dwight D. Eisenhower in Lee Daniels’ The Butler. At the time of his death, the actor was working on the third Night at the Museum movie where he played another famous president, Teddy Roosevelt.
Williams was also a star who put all of himself into his charity work. Along with Billy Crystal and Whoopi Goldberg he was instrumental in turning Comic Relief into a thriving organization that has raised more than $50 million to help the homeless.
Williams dealt with his share of struggles when it came to drugs. He did several stints in rehab for cocaine and alcohol but had reportedly cleaned himself up. He recently checked in to Hazelden rehab to “fine-tune” his sobriety. Williams leaves behind his wife and three children.