Robin Williams Dies at Age 63
Beloved comedian and actor Robin Williams died this morning (Aug. 11) at age 63, his publicist confirmed. There are reports that the cause of death is suicide, but there has been no official confirmation from his camp.
“Robin Williams passed away this morning,” his publicist’s statement said (via Entertainment Weekly). “He has been battling severe depression of late. This is a tragic and sudden loss. The family respectfully asks for their privacy as they grieve during this very difficult time.”
EW also reported that the Marin County Coroner’s office claimed the sheriff’s office suspects the death can be attributed to “suicide due to asphyxiation.”
Despite his recent struggle with sobriety, Williams has been busy filming and reprising some of his most well-known characters. He’ll star onscreen in his recurring role of Theodore Roosevelt in the third film of the ‘Night at the Museum’ series this December. He was also said to have started working on a sequel for ‘Mrs. Doubtfire’ alongside director Chris Columbus earlier this year.
Celebrities are turning to social media to mourn the death of the comedic icon, posting their condolences and favorite memories of the actor.
One of my all time favourites. Movies I grew up watching over and over again. A genius that will be so missed. R.I.P. Robin Williams.
— Harry Styles (@Harry_Styles) August 12, 2014
O Captain! My Captain! Rise up and hear the bells. Rise up, for you the flag is flung, for you the bugle trills.
— Anna Kendrick (@AnnaKendrick47) August 11, 2014
Mr. Williams visited me the first day of filming The Parent Trap. I will never forget his kindness. What an enormous loss. My condolences.
— Lindsay Lohan (@lindsaylohan) August 11, 2014
Heartbreaking news about the late Robin Williams. May his soul now be at peace!
— Rihanna (@rihanna) August 12, 2014
heartbroken by the news of Robin Williams passing. My heart goes out to his friends and family. We lost a legend today.
— Jenna Ushkowitz (@JennaUshkowitz) August 11, 2014
My prayers+sad heart are with Robin Williams' family tonight. Only met him once, but it was one of the most enjoyable moments of my life RIP
— P!nk (@Pink) August 11, 2014
— Sarah Hyland (@Sarah_Hyland) August 11, 2014
hearing about Robin Williams and my heart is broken. rest in peace to one of the greats.
— Kendall Jenner (@KendallJenner) August 11, 2014
Devastating finding out about @robinwilliams today. He was an amazing talent and incredibly sweet. So sad.
— Kelly Clarkson (@kelly_clarkson) August 11, 2014
No words can express the sadness I feel for this tragic loss. My prayers are with the Williams family. RIP Robin Williams. -ZS
— Zoe Saldana (@zoesaldana) August 11, 2014
So heartbreaking to hear the terribly sad news about the amazing Robin Williams, thank you for bringing so much laughter and joy to us all.
— Lea Michele (@msleamichele) August 12, 2014
Deeply saddened by the news. #RIPRobinWilliams. Thank you for bringing laughter and light for so many years. You will never be forgotten.
— backstreetboys (@backstreetboys) August 12, 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
7 years old w/ a single mom the first time I saw #MrsDoubtfire. Made me feel better about being from an unconventional family. Love is love.
— Emmy Rossum (@emmyrossum) August 11, 2014
Absolutely stunned to hear the news about Robin Williams. It's unimaginable to me that we've lost such a genuinely funny and sweet man.
— Conan O'Brien (@ConanOBrien) August 12, 2014
Robin was as sweet a man as he was funny. If you're sad, please tell someone.
— Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) August 11, 2014
Robin Williams made the world a little bit better. RIP.
— Steve Carell (@SteveCarell) August 11, 2014
Williams’ loss will be sorely felt among his fans, loved ones and the acting community. Our thoughts are with his family.