RIP: Robin Williams

by Arthur Vandelay on August 11, 2014

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Oscar winner Robin Williams, one of the most gifted actors of his generation, has passed away. He was sixty-three years old. Born in Chicago, his mother Laura McLaurin was a former model from New Orleans, Louisiana.

Born in 1951, Robin McLaurin Williams was a versatile and gifted performer whose career spanned standup comedy to television to features and more. Nikkie Finke is reporting that he was found dead at his Tiburon, California home, where it is suspected that he took his own life. In late June 2014, Williams checked himself into the Hazelden Addiction Treatment Center in Minnesota to battle his longtime foe, an addiction to drugs and alcohol.

Williams gifts were many. He won an Academy Award in 1997 for his portrayal of a psychologist in Good Will Hunting. He also portrayed characters that inspired in films like Dead Poets Society, Awakenings and The Fisher King. He was nominated for Best Actor three times.

Williams also brought laughter to children with films such as 1991’s Hook, Disney’s animated film AladdinMrs. Doubtfire, Popeye, Jumanji, Happy Feet and Night at the Museum, and to adults with films like The Birdcage.

His successes on the big screen are too many to mention. He was truly one of the greats and the loss his friends, family and fans are experiencing is great.

UPDATE: His wife Susan Schneider issued this statement: “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. 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 the focus will not be on Robin’s death, but on the countless moments of joy and laughter he gave to millions.”

The Marin County Sheriff has issued this statement: ““On August 11, 2014, at approximately 11:55 am, Marin County Communications received a 9-1-1 telephone call reporting a male adult had been located unconscious and not breathing inside his residence in unincorporated Tiburon, CA. The Sheriff’s Office, as well as the Tiburon Fire Department and Southern Marin Fire Protection District were dispatched to the incident with emergency personnel arriving on scene at 12:00 pm. The male subject, pronounced deceased at 12:02 pm has been identified as Robin McLaurin Williams, a 63 year old resident of unincorporated Tiburon, CA.”

Source: Nikki Finke