Definitely a severe loss to the acting community and to the millions that enjoyed his films, Oscar-winner Robin Williams was found dead today within his home in California. According to the Marin County Sheriff’s Office, the preliminary investigation into the death indicates that Williams committed suicide. Recently turning 63 last month on July 21, Williams was said to have been battling severe depression according to a statement by his publicist Mara Buxbaum. Speaking about the news, Buxbaum released a statement which said “This is a tragic and sudden loss. The family respectfully asks for their privacy as they grieve during this very difficult time.”
While Williams did suffer substance abuse problems throughout his life, his expansive talent as both a comedian and serious actor grew dramatically over his entire acting career. Starting in the late seventies, sitcom Mork & Mindy helped boost the popularity of Williams which led to roles in films such as Good Morning, Vietnam, Dead Poets Society, Hook, Aladdin and Mrs. Doubtfire. While he did receive Oscar nominations for films early in his career, Williams won a best supporting Oscar for his role as therapist Sean Maguire in 1997’s Good Will Hunting.
In the past ten years, the majority of Williams work in movies has been focused on comedic roles in films like the Night at the Museum franchise as well as voice work in animated films like Happy Feet. In fact, the IMDB page for Williams lists two upcoming films which include Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb and animated film Absolutely Anything. In addition to his work in film, Williams recently starred in a CBS dramedy with Sarah Michelle Gellar called The Crazy Ones. However, that show was recently cancelled after one season due to low ratings.
Williams is survived by his wife Susan Schneider as well as three adult children from two previous marriages. Shocked by today’s news, celebrity friends of Williams launched Twitter today to post about their grief. Actor Steve Martin wrote “I could not be more stunned by the loss of Robin Williams, mensch, great talent, acting partner, genuine soul.” Actor Kevin Spacey wrote “Robin Williams made the world laugh & think. I will remember & honor that. A great man, artist and friend. I will miss him beyond measure.”
More Twitter reactions can be seen below:
— Sarah Michelle (@RealSMG) August 12, 2014
We mourn the loss of our friend Robin Williams, who always made us laugh and smile. pic.twitter.com/UOY8LTjVRA
— Sesame Street (@sesamestreet) August 11, 2014
I can’t believe the news about Robin Williams. He gave so much to so many people. I’m heartbroken.
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) August 11, 2014
My Heart’s broken. Robin was a beautiful, kind soul. Can’t bear that he’s gone. So incredibly sorry for his family.
— Minnie Driver (@driverminnie) August 11, 2014
Robin Williams made the world a little bit better. RIP.
— Steve Carell (@SteveCarell) August 11, 2014
A tweet cannot begin to describe the hugeness of Robin Williams heart and soul and talent. This is so sad. #RobinWilliams
— Ben Stiller (@RedHourBen) August 12, 2014