According to a press release issued by the Marin County Coronor’s office, the Sheriff’s office suspects the death to be “suicide due to asphyxia.” The 9-1-1 phone call came in just before noon today. His publicist issued the following statement “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.” Williams won an Oscar for his supporting role in Good Will Hunting.
Williams had already filmed will the third installment of Night at the Museum, due this is December. His role as Theodore Roosevelt is a fan favorite of the franchise. The studio releasing the film is Fox, and they issued the following statement: “There really are no words to describe the loss of Robin Williams. He was immensely talented, a cherished member of our community, and part of the Fox family. Our hearts go out to his family, friends and fans. He will be deeply missed.”
Williams has been one of the funniest men in show business for a long time. It’s sad that some of our greatest artists are taken from us too young. He had also recently signed on to reprise his role as Mrs. Doubtfire in a sequel to be directed by Chris Columbus. His sitcom The Crazy Ones premiered on CBS last fall, but was cancelled.