3 News reports:
Actor and comedian Robin Williams has been found dead, his publicist has announced. He was 63.
He was found in his home and the cause of death is believed to be suicide.
“Robin Williams passed away this morning,” his publicist said in a statement.
“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.”
“This morning, I lost my husband and my best friend, while the world lost one of its most beloved artists and beautiful human beings,” Williams’ wife Susan Schneider said.
“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.”
How very very sad. I’m stunned.
It is a reminder that even the apparently happiest and funniest people can struggle with their mental health.
I loves so many of his shows and movies. Mork & Mindy was great, and Good Morning Vietnam and Dead Poets Society are my favourite of his movies.
It was during one of his appearances on David Letterman that it struck me what a comic genius he was. Normally Letterman is the one doing most of the talking, but Williams came on and just took over and engaged with the crowd for probably five minutes or more without a pause, before Letterman got to say anything. His stand up skills are almost unsurpassed.
A huge loss to his family, but also to the entire world of comedy. A very sad day.