Robin Williams Dead at 63 of Apparent Suicide, Social Media Reacts

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Robin Williams died August 11, 2014, as a result of an apparent suicide.

Actor Robin Williams, 63, was found dead in his home on Monday, August 11, 2014, the result of an apparent suicide by asphyxia.

Williams had long struggled with addiction and had, in fact, checked himself into a rehab facility in July 2014 in an effort to maintain his sobriety. It is unclear whether or not this history of addiction played a role in the suicide. According to a press release from the Marin County PD, a forensic examination is scheduled for August 12, 2014, with a toxicology testing to be conducted.

In a statement to the New York Times’ Dave Itzkoff, Williams’ wife, Susan Schneider, asked that, as the much beloved actor is remembered, the focus be not on his death, but on the moments of joy and laughter that he brought.

Robin Williams made a name for himself in 1978, starring as Mork from Ork on the sitcom Mork & Mindy.  After the series ended in 1982, he went on to have a very successful film career as well, starring in such notable films as Good Morning, Vietnam, Dead Poets’ Society, and Goodwill Hunting. Williams also left his mark on the comedy world with such films as Mrs. Doubtfire, The Birdcage, and Night at the Museum. Proving his versatility, he could be found in many children’s movies as well, including Hook, Aladdin, and Happy Feet. Most recently, he starred alongside Sarah Michelle Gellar on the CBS sitcom The Crazy Ones, which was canceled after just one season.

Robin Williams’ death comes as a shock, the waves of which could be felt across social media as fans and fellow actors alike responded to the news.

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