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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To the man who made us feel like we could all fly again. RIP Robin Williams pic.twitter.com/5goxC5Xouz
— Son of a Fratter (@Son_of_Fratter) August 11, 2014
Sorry to learn of the tragic death of Robin Williams. Spent a lot of time with him. Even performed with him in San Francisco. So sad.
— Larry King (@kingsthings) August 11, 2014
The world has lost a tremendously funny and talented human. Today is a sad day. RIP Robin Williams pic.twitter.com/Fromo2EK93
— Funny Or Die (@funnyordie) August 11, 2014
— Gravy Film (@Gravy_Film) August 11, 2014
I am so heartbroken. Robin Williams was a light in my childhood. Rest in peace.
— Emmy Rossum (@emmyrossum) August 11, 2014
It’s the mark of a true artist. I never knew him but I’m heartbroken by his passing. RIP Robin Williams.
— Jesse Tyler Ferguson (@jessetyler) August 11, 2014
My heart is in literal pain over the hurt the family of Robin Williams must be suffering right now, and the hurt he must have been in too.
— Perez Hilton (@PerezHilton) August 11, 2014
— Joel McHale (@joelmchale) August 11, 2014
RIP mr Williams – beyond great talent -such a kind and lovely person
— John Cusack (@johncusack) August 11, 2014
He gave so many of us so much joy. I hope he knew that deeply.
— P!nk (@Pink) August 11, 2014
The world’s happy-light just got dimmer. So tragic #RobinWilliams
— Sam Champion (@SamChampion) August 11, 2014
RIP Robin Williams. You were my childhood, and losing you makes me cry.
— Thomas Sanders (@foster_dawg) August 11, 2014
There are few things in life as noble as giving other people the gift of unencumbered laughter. Robin Williams will be missed enormously.
— Heather Hogan (@hhoagie) August 11, 2014
RIP Robin Williams
Apparent suicide. Which truly displays how much pain can be hidden behind so many smiles and so much laughter. #rip <3
— Joseph Kidney (@joeykidney) August 11, 2014
when he smiled his eyes twinkled with laughter✨I’m so sad no one could see behind them to help him. RIP Robin Williams
— bev goehring (@bevgoehring) August 11, 2014
RIP Robin Williams “National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).”
— Brian Fanzo (@iSocialFanz) August 11, 2014
Very sad, very upset, very glad I did not have to hear about this though Twitter. Probably going to be taking some time off it for a while.
— Mara Wilson (@MaraWritesStuff) August 11, 2014
This one really hurts. RIP Robin Williams. One of the greatest artists to walk this earth. “Genie, you’re free…” pic.twitter.com/cWUN0G1uB1
— Graham Skipper (@GrahamSkipper) August 11, 2014