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Actor Robin Williams found dead in apparent suicide: sheriff ETA - Had Parkinson's

Posted by on Aug. 11, 2014 at 7:08 PM
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Actor Robin Williams found dead in apparent suicide: sheriff

 

 
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(Reuters) - Actor-comedian Robin Williams was found dead on Monday at his home in Northern California from an apparent suicide, Marin County Sheriff's Office said. He was 63.

The sheriff's coroner's division said it suspects the death was a suicide due to asphyxia, but the cause of death is still under investigation.

Robin Williams, the manic comic who morphed from TV's Mork from Ork to Oscar-winning glory, is dead of an apparent suicide. He was 63.

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Robin Williams sober, had Parkinson's at death

This June 15, 2007 file photo shows actor and comedian Robin Williams posing for a photo in Santa Monica, Calif. Williams, whose free-form comedy and adept impressions dazzled audiences for decades, died Monday, Aug. 11, 2014. Williams was 63.

LOS ANGELES, Aug 14 (Reuters) - Robin Williams was sober and suffering from early stages of Parkinson's disease as well as anxiety and depression at the time of his apparent suicide, the actor's wife said in a statement on Thursday.

Susan Schneider said the actor "was not yet ready to share publicly" his struggles with Parkinson's disease.

"It is our hope in the wake of Robin's tragic passing, that others will find the strength to seek the care and support they need to treat whatever battles they are facing so they may feel less afraid," Schneider said in the statement.

The 63-year-old Oscar-winning star of such films as "Mrs. Doubtfire" and "Good Will Hunting" was found hanged at his San Francisco-area home by his personal assistant on Monday.

Williams had been open about his struggles with alcohol and had recently gone to a Minnesota rehabilitation center this summer to "fine-tune" his sobriety, his publicist said.

The death of Williams, who shot to prominence in the 1970s with his groundbreaking hyperactive comedic style, shook Hollywood as tributes poured out from actors, directors, politicians and generations of fans. 

 
 
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VooDooB
by Platinum Member on Aug. 11, 2014 at 7:09 PM
WHAT!,@,!,????
smalltowngal
by Platinum Member on Aug. 11, 2014 at 7:10 PM

That is so sad. I know he's had depression for years. :(

sweet-a-kins
by Emerald Member on Aug. 11, 2014 at 7:10 PM

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Robin Williams has committed suicide.

The comedian killed himself in Tiburon, in Northern California.

According to the Marin County Sheriff's Office ... authorities found William's body inside his home.  They say he was found unresponsive.

He was unconscious and not breathing and the coroner suspects suicide due to asphyxia. 

Williams was last seen alive at his house at 10 PM Sunday night.

Williams went back to rehab last month to focus on his sobriety.  We're told alcohol was an issue.

Williams struggled with cocaine and alcohol abuse in the early '80s but was sober for 20 years. 

Williams was 63.

idunno1234
by Silver Member on Aug. 11, 2014 at 7:11 PM

Please.....no.

muslimahpj
by Ruby Member on Aug. 11, 2014 at 7:11 PM

Is this for real??

sweet-a-kins
by Emerald Member on Aug. 11, 2014 at 7:12 PM
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 it doesn't surprise me, sadly. He seemed to be manic at times and I know he suffered severe depression.

This is just terribly sad. :(

sweet-a-kins
by Emerald Member on Aug. 11, 2014 at 7:12 PM
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Quoting muslimahpj:

Is this for real??

 Yes, the sheriff confirmed it

muslimahpj
by Ruby Member on Aug. 11, 2014 at 7:12 PM

How sad. :( He was such a great talent.

sweet-a-kins
by Emerald Member on Aug. 11, 2014 at 7:13 PM

 They just did a breaking news Special Report

JaeMommy07
by Member on Aug. 11, 2014 at 7:13 PM
Very sad :(
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