Local comedian and actor Robin Williams was found dead today in Marin of an apparent suicide, according to the Marin County Sheriff’s Office.
The Academy Award winning actor (Best Supporting Actor, Good Will Hunting in 1997) was found in his Tiburon home shortly after noon today by family members before local emergency officials responded to the scene.
“This morning, I lost my husband and my best friend, while the world lost one of its most beloved artists and beautiful human beings,” said Susan Schneider, his wife, in a statement. “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 the focus will not be on Robin’s death, but on the countless moments of joy and laughter he gave to millions.”
His publicist released 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.”
63-year old Williams was a regular in San Francisco, often testing new material at local comedy clubs and Bimbo’s, where he performed several times before his last major comedy special and national tour, Weapons of Self Destruction (2009).
He also starred in Mrs. Doubtfire, one of the most well-known movies set in San Francisco, earned an Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in Dead Poets Society, and served as the voice of the Genie in the Disney classic Aladdin—just a few of his many acting roles during the last 35 years.
The official statement from the Marin County Sheriff’s Office:
“An investigation into the cause, manner, and circumstances of the death is currently underway by the Investigations and Coroner Divisions of the Sheriff’s Office. Preliminary information developed during the investigation indicates Mr. Williams was last seen alive at his residence, where he resides with his wife, at approximately 10:00 pm on August 10, 2014. Mr. Williams was located this morning shortly before the 9-1-1 call was placed to Marin County Communications. 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.”