Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Robin Williams dead in apparent suicide

Award-winning actor Robin Williams has died at the age of 63 on Monday, August 11.

News reports say the actor was found lifeless in his home in Tiburon, Northern Carolina. He was suspected to have killed himself due to asphyxia, a condition which causes abnormal breathing.

Williams has recently been battling severe depression. Last month, he also announced he will be returning in his treatment program after 18 months of work.

Williams was best known for his roles in classic comedies like "Mrs. Doubtfire," "Good Morning, Vietnam" and "Jumanji." He also starred in acclaimed drama film "Dead Poets Society" and won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of Dr. Sean Maguire in "Good Will Hunting." He rose to fame while playing Mork the alien in the TV show "Mork & Mindy."

The actor's wife Susan Schneider released a statement to the New York Times.

"This morning, I lost my husband and my best friend, while the world lost one of its most beloved artists and beautiful human beings. I am utterly heartbroken. On behalf of Robin's family, we are asking for privacy during our time of profound grief. As he is remembered, it is our hope that the focus will not be on Robin's death but on the countless moments of joy and laughter he gave to millions," it said.

William's last tweet was on July 31 when he greeted his daughter Zelda Rae for her 25th birthday. Zelda is William's daughter with his former wife of Filipino descent, Marsha Garces. They were married in 1989 and divorced in 2010. They have another child named Cody Alan Williams.

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