We bring sad news that Comedian Robin Williams, who starred in the film Mrs Doubtfire and the tv series Mork and Mindy, has been found dead at his California home. It appears the cause of death was suicide due to asphyxia.
Robin Williams’ publicist Mara Buxbaum told The Hollywood Reporter: “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.”
Susan Schneider, his wife, said: “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.”
Robin William’s had recently starred in the comedy television series The Crazy Ones, by creator David E Kelley. Even though the production team pitched for a second season CBS decided in April this year not to renew as the audience for the first season was only so-so.
It was only also in April that it was announced there was to be a sequel to the 1993 Mrs Doubtfire with Robin Williams set to star, Elf writer David Berenbaum writing the script and director Chris Columbus was also was due to return. Robin’s performance in Mrs Doubtfire was recognised at the time with the best actor in a musical or comedy award at the 1993 Golden Globes.
It looks like the last film that Robin will be seen in is Night at the Museum 3: Secret of the Tomb, picture above, which is due for release at the end of the year.
Steve Martin was one of the first to react to the news. On twitter he said “I could not be more stunned by the loss of Robin Williams, mensch, great talent, acting partner, genuine soul.”
President Barack Obama said via twitter “”Robin Williams was an airman, a doctor, a genie, a nanny … and everything in between. But he was one of a kind.”