Oscar Winner & Comedian Robin Williams Found Dead at Age 63
The hits just keep on coming in 2014. After Philip Seymour Hoffman passed away earlier this year, another great actor has died after a battle with depression, drugs and alcohol. THR reports that legendary comedian and Oscar-winning actor Robin Williams was found dead at his home this morning at 63 years old. Even more tragic is that the Sheriff’s Office Coroner Division suspects the death to be a suicide due to asphyxia. Like many great comedians of his time, Williams had a battle with alcoholism and drug addition and had checked himself back into rehab as recently as last month. This is truly a heartbreaking loss for everyone.
Williams' wife Susan Schneider confirmed the news saying:
"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."
And that's exactly what we should do. Robin Williams may have struggled with depression and substance abuse, but he brought joy to millions, and you could tell that he loved every minute of it. From his early days of stand-up comedy that led to countless late night talk show appearances where anything and everything could happen to his breakthrough television performance on the "Happy Days" spin-off sitcom "Mork & Mindy." And that was just the beginning of what would become a long, decorated, illustrious and hilarious career on the big and small screen.
President Obama released this statement on the passing of Williams today:
President Obama statement on Robin Williams: pic.twitter.com/gunDUTgWs0
— Huffington Post (@HuffingtonPost) August 12, 2014
Iconic film roles include a wide variety of films ranging from his Oscar-winning performance in Good Will Hunting to other notable performances in films like The World According to Garp, Moscow on the Hudson, Jakob the Liar, Hook, Patch Adams, Desconstructing Harry, Insomnia, One Hour Photo, The Final Cut, Man of the Year, August Rush, Flubber, Toys and Jumanji. His voice was immediately recognizable, even when he would dive into various characters, in animated fare like Happy Feet and his brilliant turn as Genie in Aladdin. More recently, Williams took on some darker comedy in World's Greatest Dad and the lesser celebrated but thoroughly entertaining Death to Smoochy, but still brought fun to families in the Night at the Museum franchise.
Other personal favorites of mine include his incredible comedic and dramatic work in both The Birdcage and Good Morning, Vietnam and his silly but hilarious turn in Mrs. Doubtfire, which had a sequel that was in development, but will likely lie dormant now. More recently, Williams took on TV comedy again in the CBS sitcom "The Crazy Ones" and the feature film comedy The Angriest Man in Brooklyn. One of his last performancse will be as Teddy Roosevelt in Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb this winter, and he has a comedy called Merry Friggin' Christmas in post-production. There's not enough that can be said about an actor who leaves this world all too soon, but he leaves behind endless laughter that will be remembered for generations. Rest in peace.