We are deeply sadden by the news of Robin Williams death that broke yesterday morning. There were a number of rumors and theories but they all pointed to a suicide possibly from a battle with depression.
The assistant chief deputy coroner of Marin County stated the office “suspects the death to be a suicide due to asphyxia, but a comprehensive investigation must be completed before a final determination is made.”
A lot of statements have been released as the world processes the tragic loss of a celebrated comedian and actor. “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 in the statement. “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 that the focus will not be on Robin’s death, but on the countless moments of joy and laughter he gave to millions.”
Williams’ publicist said the actor “had been battling severe depression of late.”
President Barack Obama even released a statement:
Robin Williams was an airman, a doctor, a genie, a nanny, a President, a professor, a bangarang Peter Pan, and everything in between. But he was one of a kind. 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 the marginalized 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.