Monday, August 11, 2014

The World Mourns As Robin Williams Passes Away At 63

Today, the world lost a truly epic entertainer as Robin Williams was found dead from an apparent suicide in his Tiburon, California home (he was 63). Sadly, early reports suggest the suicide was tied to depression (and subsequent substance abuse) which he struggled with throughout his entire life. From the Marin County Sheriff's Department:
On August 11, 2014, at approximately 11:55 am, Marin County Communications received a 9-1-1 telephone call reporting a male adult had been located unconscious and not breathing inside his residence in unincorporated Tiburon, CA. The Sheriff's Office, as well as the Tiburon Fire Department and Southern Marin Fire Protection District were dispatched to the incident with emergency personnel arriving on scene at 12:00 pm. The male subject, pronounced deceased at 12:02 pm has been identified as Robin McLaurin Williams, a 63 year old resident of unincorporated Tiburon, CA. 
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. A forensic examination is currently scheduled for August 12, 2014 with subsequent toxicology testing to be conducted.
Williams publicist released the following statement this afternoon:
"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."
And from his wife, Susan Schneider:
"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 the focus will not be on Robin's death, but on the countless moments of joy and laughter he gave to millions."
In addition to his countless film roles, voice acting performances and legendary comedy, many Nintendo fans will fondly remember Mr. Williams for his Legend of Zelda 25th Anniversary ads which starred him and his daughter Zelda Williams who is named after the titular Princess Zelda. Join me in remembering and celebrating the life of a man who brought laughter to millions of people worldwide. Below are many of the Legend of Zelda 25th Anniversary ads which star Mr. Williams and his daughter. Enjoy and please shared your memories below!

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