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 Diane on August 15, 2014 at 7:23am

I was saddened by the news of Robin's death. I, like so many others, grew up watching him. I knew he was special from the beginning. He could switch from riotous humor to sadness in an instant, bringing audiences with him.

I have lost a family member, who had the same illness and also hanged herself, in my home when I was a teenager. This was a long time ago, but something like that never goes away. Robin's death reminds me of when, at my grandmother's funeral, I asked the pastor if my grandmother's soul would go to Hell. He said it was not for him to judge, but his teachings told him that God does not condone suicide. All I knew then was that this was no God for me.

At the funeral, my grandmother finally looked peaceful, after a lifetime of torment and sadness. She also had bipolar disorder. I took comfort in how serene she seemded, even though I knew it was the mortician's skill and art that made her look that way. Her struggles were over.

So, I think of Robin, knowing that his torment is over. He touched our lives in so many ways, but I am most grateful for how he tickled Coco, and What Dreams May Come. I do not believe in an afterlife, but I hope if there is one, he is in that colorful, sublime place.

I will strive a little more to be there while I am still alive.

Comment by Unseen on August 15, 2014 at 12:04pm

People will criticize Robin for not thinking of his children, Zelda, Zachary, and Cody, not to mention his wife and his ex's, as well as his friends.

However, one aspect of depression is feeling that one has become or will become a burden on those loved ones. The recent revelation of his diagnosis with Parkinson's Disease could very well have fed into such thoughts.

Comment by Belle Rose on August 16, 2014 at 4:57pm
I was thinking that too Unseen....

@diane, I'm sorry to hear about your family.....that is very very sad....
Comment by Pope Beanie on August 16, 2014 at 9:10pm

Another story I came a couple days late to, being mass-media-less and without internet at my fingertips. It's nice not to be subjected to speculations and premature theories.

But I came across a good interview with him by Marc Maron. Here's a link to a slate article (short) that has a link to the interview (about an hour?), which I found insightful. My older daughter was emotional about the suicide, calling him a childhood hero of hers. It's still sinking in for me. It seems he didn't have an ounce of hate or cynicism in him, even while suffering great emotional pain. He gave us a lot, and I wish we could have helped him (and others), and kept him around longer.


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