On Monday, 11 August, actor Robin Williams was found dead round noon in his home in Tiburon, California, near San Francisco. The apparent cause of death was suicide by asphyxiation, authorities said. Williams was battling severe depression and addiction to cocaine and alcohol which led to him going in rehab in July.
Williams was best known for his starring roles in classic comedies like “Mrs. Doubtfire,” “Good Morning, Vietnam” and “Jumanji,” but also in acclaimed dramas such as “Dead Poets Society.” He 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,” a “Happy Days” spinoff. Most recently, Williams had starred in the new CBS sitcom ‘The Crazy Ones.’ It was cancelled after just 1 season. At his time of death, a sequel to “Mrs. Doubtfire” was in the works.
Susan Schneider, the actor’s wife, released the following statement to the New York Times’ reporter Dave Itzkoff:
“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.”
In 2006, after 20 years sober, he checked himself into rehab for alcoholism. He opened up about his struggles with addiction to alcohol and cocaine in a interview with The Guardian and on “Good Morning America.”
“It’s not caused by anything, it’s just there,” he said. “It waits. It lays in wait for the time when you think, ‘It’s fine now, I’m OK.’ Then, the next thing you know, it’s not OK. Then you realize, ‘Where am I? I didn’t realize I was in Cleveland.'”
Last month, he spent time at Hazelden Addiction Treatment Center in a continued sobriety program.
We express out condolences to Robin Williams’ family. May his spirit rest in peace.