Actor Robin Williams died after hanging himself with a belt at his home in unincorporated Tiburon on Monday, a Marin County sheriff’s spokesman said today. Sheriff’s Lt. Keith Boyd this morning detailed the discovery around noontime Monday of the beloved 63-year-old actor and comedian’s body by an assistant. Boyd said Williams also had superficial wounds to his wrist and a pocketknife with what appeared to be dried blood was found nearby.
He said Williams had been seeking treatment recently for depression and that an official cause of death will be pending toxicology tests in several weeks. Williams had a long television and movie career, including the 1970s TV show “Mork and Mindy,” his Academy Award-winning role in the movie “Good Will Hunting” and his voice work as the Genie in the Disney cartoon classic “Aladdin.”
Among his starring roles were several movies set in San Francisco and the Bay Area, including the comedy “Mrs. Doubtfire.” Williams had deep Bay Area ties, having moved as a teen to Marin County, where he attended Redwood High School in Larkspur and later the College of Marin for theater.
He was active in San Francisco’s comedy scene and owned a home in the city’s Sea Cliff neighborhood. Numerous local and national politicians issued statements mourning the death of Williams. San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee said Williams’ “legacy has had a deep and inspiring impact on our city and on our residents.” “Despite his success, he has never forgotten San Francisco.
He was a philanthropist who gave generously, and he was a friend of the city,” Lee said. Sen. Barbara Boxer said, “Our entire country mourns the loss of this remarkable genius who made us smile, laugh uncontrollably or cry.” Williams’ wife Susan Schneider issued a statement Monday saying she is “heartbroken” over his death.
“I lost my husband and my best friend, while the world lost one of its most beloved artists and beautiful human beings,” Schneider said. “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,” she said.
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