Actor Robin Williams found dead

Robin Williams

US actor Robin Williams has been found dead, aged 63, in an apparent suicide, California police say.

Marin County Police said he was pronounced dead at his home shortly after officials responded to an emergency call around noon local time.

Williams was famous for films such as Good Morning Vietnam and Dead Poet's Society.

He had been open in the past about his struggles with alcohol and drugs.

He had recently returned to a rehabilitation centre to "fine-tune" his sobriety, the Los Angeles Times reported in July.

"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," police said in a statement.

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Comment by Dan on August 12, 2014 at 1:31pm

It was asphyxiation being reported as hanging.

Comment by Belle Rose on August 12, 2014 at 1:47pm

 I think we can perhaps say that depression over his inability to kick his addictions might have a lot to do with it

I really don't think it's that simplistic Unseen. The man had been through multiple divorces, had immense financial troubles, (possible bankruptcy in his future?) there was obviously a lot of turmoil in his life. His 3 kids are grown, he may have just in a drugged/alcoholic induced state of hopelessness had even one teeny tiny thing happen that let him take the last leap over the cliff. You know? When you're already that far towards killing yourself, it doesn't take much to go that extra inch. The hopelessness would have not likely been in regards to his inability to stay sober but rather the state of his brain from the fact that he wasn't sober and his inability to handle the stress of it all. I have done a LOT of things I never would have done had I been sober. I'm willing to gamble the change in my car that we'll find that he had relapsed back to alcohol at the very least. Alcohol is a depressant and it is pure poison for a depressed or mentally ill person. I would not be surprised if we found out he was bipolar.

Comment by Unseen on August 12, 2014 at 1:52pm

Asphyxiation? Thanks. I hope it wasn't hanging a la David Carradine. A little dignity would be nice.

Comment by Dan on August 12, 2014 at 2:01pm

Belle, he was admittedly bipolar, as am I. It doesn't have to have a "cause" bipolar-ism is always there. One day you are fine and happy the next you are so depressed you can't get out of bed. Many of Robin Williams' performances he was in a manic state. you can tell by the rambling and the energy (some of the early ones it may have been helped by cocaine). 

Alcohol or drugs aren't needed to push someone who is bipolar over the edge. The depression comes on so strong sometimes. It can make you feel over whelmed at what is as trivial as say, a shoe coming untied.

I don't do drugs, I rarely drink, I have been committed 4 times for suicide attempt (3 times by ambulance. NONE of those times was I under any sort of drugs of alcohol.

Bipolar disorder (also known as manic depression) causes serious shifts in mood, energy, thinking, and behavior—from the highs of mania on one extreme, to the lows of depression on the other. More than just a fleeting good or bad mood, the cycles of bipolar disorder last for days, weeks, or months. And unlike ordinary mood swings, the mood changes of bipolar disorder are so intense that they interfere with your ability to function.

During a manic episode, a person might impulsively quit a job, charge up huge amounts on credit cards, or feel rested after sleeping two hours. During a depressive episode, the same person might be too tired to get out of bed, and full of self-loathing and hopelessness over being unemployed and in debt.

The causes of bipolar disorder aren’t completely understood, but it often appears to be hereditary. The first manic or depressive episode of bipolar disorder usually occurs in the teenage years or early adulthood. The symptoms can be subtle and confusing; many people with bipolar disorder are overlooked or misdiagnosed—resulting in unnecessary suffering. But with proper treatment and support, you can lead a rich and fulfilling life.

Comment by Belle Rose on August 12, 2014 at 2:41pm
Oh thanks for the clarification Dan. I was honestly not aware of him being bipolar....the reason that I (personally) believe that drugs and alcohol had something to do with it is because of an article I read here:

It talks about him going back to rehab. So i am assuming (maybe completely wrongly) that a relapse was partially to blame for it, and now that I know he is bipolar, I suspect the combination of all of the above....

I suppose we'll know more as time goes on what really happened. Trying to guess is not really productive.

Thank you for sharing some of your own story Dan. I had no idea...
Comment by Dan on August 12, 2014 at 3:22pm

The assistant entered the room and found Williams, clothed, in a seated position and "unresponsive with a belt secured around his neck, with the other end of the belt wedged between the clothes closet door and the door frame," Boyd said. "His right shoulder area was touching the door, with his body perpendicular to the door and slightly suspended."

Comment by Unseen on August 12, 2014 at 5:27pm

Dan, a fair amount of teen "accidental suicides" happen that way, I've heard, with the kid experimenting with what they've been told is a kind of asphyxiation high. They wrongly believe they'll be conscious enough at some point to loosen the rope, belt, or whatever. They take it up to the edge and unintentionally go over it.

Comment by Peta M on August 12, 2014 at 8:02pm

“Do you think God gets stoned? I think so — look at the platypus.” - Robin Williams . Hahaha  he was such a funny intelligent entertaining kind man 63 not a bad wicket maybe he just went when he thought he was done? 

Comment by kOrsan on August 12, 2014 at 8:15pm

Is he going to be the next MJ where everyone on earth pretends like they were huge fans and knew all his work just because he died?

Comment by Unseen on August 12, 2014 at 9:40pm

The media are outdoing themselves on overdoing it. I'm done with it.


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