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Tuesday 12 August 2014

Robin Williams dead, aged 63

Shock celeb news just in: Robin Williams has died, age 63.

The actor - famous for his roles in Mrs Doubtfire, Good Morning Vietnam, The Birdcage and so, so many more (Robin had also just signed on to do the 'Mrs Doubtfire' sequel) - has died. His wife and publicist have just confirmed it was suicide.

Williams's publicist has also issued a 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."

Williams’s wife, Susan Schneider in a statement released through the actor’s publicist, said this in a statement:

“This morning I lost my husband and 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 married his third wife, graphic designer Schneider, in October 2011.

The Marin Country Sheriff's statement says:

"On August 11, 2014, at about 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."

If you need to talk to someone, go to beyondblue.org.au or call Lifeline on 131 114. 

Here is an in depth interview with Robin and Time magazine:

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