Officials are investigating the death of Robin Williams, according to the Marin County Sheriff’s Office. Williams, who was found unconscious in his home at approximately 11:55 a.m. and later died at 12:02 p.m., is best known for his roles in films like Ms. Doubtfire and Good Morning, Vietnam.
No. This not a hoax.
Officials suspect that the death is a suicide due to asphyxia. However, a comprehensive investigation must be completed before a final determination is made. The investigation into the circumstance, cause, and manner of the death is currently underway by the Investigations and Coroner Division of the Sheriff’s Office.
The last time he was seen alive, according to investigators, was at his residence, where he lived with his wife, Susan Schneider. He was 63 at the time of death.
Williams had battled the one-two punch of substance abuse and depression throughout his career, and checked into a rehab facility in July “to work on his emotional well-being.” He seemed to be aware of the dangers of addiction, and told Diane Sawyer of Good Morning America during an interview that: “It [addiction] waits. It lays in wait for the time when you think, ‘It’s fine now, I’m OK.’ Then, the next thing you know, it’s not OK.”
His publicist released a statement this afternoon, which confirmed his death:
“Robin Williams passed away this morning. 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.”
His wife also confirmed the news: stating that she lost her “husband and best friend” and that the world had “lost one of the most beloved artists and beautiful human beings.”