Tragic star Robin Williams dies

AJ Polis leaves a flower alongside a placard and a photo of the late actor Robin Williams as Mork from Ork, as people pay their respects at the home where the 80's TV series

AJ Polis leaves a flower alongside a placard and a photo of the late actor Robin Williams as Mork from Ork, as people pay their respects at the home where the 80's TV series "Mork & Mindy" was set, in Boulder, Colorado

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COMEDY star Robin Williams has been found dead in his home in California following an apparent suicide, police have said.

The 63-year-old - who shot to fame in the 1970's in Mork & Mindy and later became a box office star in such films as Good Morning Vietnam, Dead Poets Society, Good Will Hunting, The Fisher King and Mrs Doubtfire - had recently been in rehabilitation.

The Northern Echo:

Robin Williams on the set of ABCs "Mork and Mindy."

He had fought a lifetime addiction to drugs and alcohol and was also battling the effects of severe depression.

In a statement his wife Susan Schneider 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. 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."

The Northern Echo:

Flowers are placed in memory of actor/comedian Robin Williams on his Walk of Fame star in the Hollywood district of Los Angeles, Monday, Aug. 11, 2014.

Mara Buxbaum, the star's press representative, said that Williams had been battling severe depression of late.

A spokesman for Marin County Sherriff's Office said its Coroner Division suspected his death was a suicide due to asphyxia but that a detailed investigation would be carried out before a final determination could be made.

Police were called to Williams' home in the town of Tiburon at 11.55am local time yesterday (7.55pm Brtitish Summer Time) after receiving a call that a man was unconscious and not breathing.

Emergency services were quickly on the scene but the actor was pronounced dead at 12.03pm, the Sherriff's Office said.

US President Barack Obama led the tributes saying: "Robin Williams was an airman, a doctor, a genie, a nannie, a president, a professor,a bangarang Peter Pan and everything inbetween. But he was one of a kind.

The Northern Echo:

"He arrived in our lives as an alien - but he ended up touching every element of the human spirit. He made us laugh.  He made us cry. He gave his immeasurable talent freely and generously to those who needed it most - from our troops stationed abroad to those marginalised on our own streets.

"The Obama family offers our condolences to Robin's family, his friends and everyone who found their voice and their verse thanks to Robin Williams."

Kevin Spacey, who appeared in the 2009 film Shrink with Williams tweeted: "Robin Williams made the world laugh & think. I will remember and honor that. A great man, an artist and friend. I will miss him beyond measure."

The Northern Echo:

William's Good Will Hunting co-star Minnie Driver said: "My heart's broken. Robin was a beautiful kind soul."

Director Steven Spielberg, who worked with Williams on Hook, said: "Robin was a lightning storm of comic genius and our laughter was the thunder that sustained him. He was a pal and I can't believe he is gone."

The Northern Echo:

Robin Williams holding his Oscar high backstage at the 70th Academy Awards at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles after won Best Supporting Actor for "Good Will Hunting."

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8:22am Tue 12 Aug 14

hasanopinion says...

R.i.p to a national icon, a childhood hero and a comic genius. You touched the heart of millions and created laughter that was immeasurable. The world has lost one of the greatests R.I.P X
R.i.p to a national icon, a childhood hero and a comic genius. You touched the heart of millions and created laughter that was immeasurable. The world has lost one of the greatests R.I.P X hasanopinion
  • Score: 18

11:36am Tue 12 Aug 14

Mister Neutron says...

"Robin was a lightening storm of comic genius" - don't you mean "lightning"

Or did you crib it from BBC Breakfast TV who also got it wrong this morning?
"Robin was a lightening storm of comic genius" - don't you mean "lightning" Or did you crib it from BBC Breakfast TV who also got it wrong this morning? Mister Neutron
  • Score: -18

1:10pm Tue 12 Aug 14

JJ2000 says...

Gutted, totally gutted. Too many people succumbing to mental illness and I can feel nothing but empathy and sadness for what you must have been going through.
From being a child watching Mork and Mindy, through my teens with Good Morning Vietnam and Doubtfire, you have been a hero to many and a source of comical inspiration to all.
God may well have given us a sense of humor, but you taught us how to use it.
Peace and love
R.I.P
Gutted, totally gutted. Too many people succumbing to mental illness and I can feel nothing but empathy and sadness for what you must have been going through. From being a child watching Mork and Mindy, through my teens with Good Morning Vietnam and Doubtfire, you have been a hero to many and a source of comical inspiration to all. God may well have given us a sense of humor, but you taught us how to use it. Peace and love R.I.P JJ2000
  • Score: 10

1:40pm Tue 12 Aug 14

studio says...

Mister Neutron wrote:
"Robin was a lightening storm of comic genius" - don't you mean "lightning" Or did you crib it from BBC Breakfast TV who also got it wrong this morning?
I think you`re missing the point of the story with this heartless comment.

RIP.
[quote][p][bold]Mister Neutron[/bold] wrote: "Robin was a lightening storm of comic genius" - don't you mean "lightning" Or did you crib it from BBC Breakfast TV who also got it wrong this morning?[/p][/quote]I think you`re missing the point of the story with this heartless comment. RIP. studio
  • Score: 6

2:01pm Tue 12 Aug 14

David Lacey says...

He had it all but somehow it wasn't enough. How very sad especially for the family he has left behind.
He had it all but somehow it wasn't enough. How very sad especially for the family he has left behind. David Lacey
  • Score: 4

2:59pm Tue 12 Aug 14

charliebrown1 says...

gutted he isnt around the make the 2nd Mrs Doubtfire. What a great guy Robin was. RIP
gutted he isnt around the make the 2nd Mrs Doubtfire. What a great guy Robin was. RIP charliebrown1
  • Score: 5

6:08pm Tue 12 Aug 14

NO EINSTEIN says...

What a selfish selfish man, he had millions in the bank, and could have recived the best treatmeant in the world, but he took the selfish way out, destroying his family as he did so. I have no pity for these people with so much money that could get treatmeant some of us could only dream of.
What a selfish selfish man, he had millions in the bank, and could have recived the best treatmeant in the world, but he took the selfish way out, destroying his family as he did so. I have no pity for these people with so much money that could get treatmeant some of us could only dream of. NO EINSTEIN
  • Score: -3

7:00pm Tue 12 Aug 14

nigel d says...

NO EINSTEIN wrote:
What a selfish selfish man, he had millions in the bank, and could have recived the best treatmeant in the world, but he took the selfish way out, destroying his family as he did so. I have no pity for these people with so much money that could get treatmeant some of us could only dream of.
Now is not the right time to express your opinion but what you say is correct. Mental health problems are often very complex but many people would be in a far better place if they had the opportunity celebrity people have with regards to specialist clinic's.
It always baffles me that when a drug addict dies a lot of people say good riddance but when popular celebrities kill themselves with drugs and drink some people say its a tragedy. To me all wasted life is a tragedy.
[quote][p][bold]NO EINSTEIN[/bold] wrote: What a selfish selfish man, he had millions in the bank, and could have recived the best treatmeant in the world, but he took the selfish way out, destroying his family as he did so. I have no pity for these people with so much money that could get treatmeant some of us could only dream of.[/p][/quote]Now is not the right time to express your opinion but what you say is correct. Mental health problems are often very complex but many people would be in a far better place if they had the opportunity celebrity people have with regards to specialist clinic's. It always baffles me that when a drug addict dies a lot of people say good riddance but when popular celebrities kill themselves with drugs and drink some people say its a tragedy. To me all wasted life is a tragedy. nigel d
  • Score: 1

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