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Robin Williams dead at 63 | “Apparent Suicide” cited as Cause of Death

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CW, CBS And Showtime 2013 Summer TCA Party - ArrivalsSuperstar comedian Robin Williams has passed away at 63.

The following statement was released by his publicists – “Robin Williams passed away this morning. 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.”

The late comedian’s wife Susan Schneider confirmed his death – “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.”

The family also called for fans to focus on the comedian’s life – “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 actor who won an Oscar for his role in “Good Will Hunting” has started in various blockbuster movies. An “apparent suicide” is being cited as his cause of death.

Rest in Peace.

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Depression is a real disease. If you are depressed and/or having suicidal thoughts, please seek help immediately. You are not alone and it can be overcome.

51 Comments

  1. Stephanie-feld

    August 12, 2014 at 12:36 am

    I was just watching him in Mrs. Doubtfire and bam I came across the news that he passed away. Depression is a serious problem. RIP.

    • nene

      August 12, 2014 at 2:08 am

      depression is the worst illness ever because the only cure is time, and some people can’t stay alive and live in pain, while others work thorough the pain, and in the end, they are able to control their depression to a certain extent.

  2. OGINII!!

    August 12, 2014 at 12:45 am

    I loved #mrs doubtfire# rip. Rob williams

  3. zingo

    August 12, 2014 at 1:14 am

    Its really sad that the world has lost a good artist, actor, comedian…Mrs Doubtfire being one of my favorite movies of all time and to hear dat he is no more is so depressing and in deed very SAD. Despite his richness still he cant find happiness..dats y money is not everything and cant buy u happiness. May his soul rest in perfect peace….

  4. Bvl

    August 12, 2014 at 1:16 am

    RIP Robin….

  5. ib

    August 12, 2014 at 1:30 am

    Oh no….sobbing. RIP Robin Willims..such a talented actor.

  6. aj

    August 12, 2014 at 1:46 am

    Rest in Peace….God bless you. depression is real Nigerians.

  7. Lindsey

    August 12, 2014 at 1:49 am

    If you know anyone battling depression, pls get them the necessary help. This monster is an underrated murderer…rip Robin

  8. Shadie

    August 12, 2014 at 2:05 am

    Words cut deeper than knives please be mindful of your hurtful/hateful comments. RIP ROBIN thank you for many many years of humour and laughter in my life.

  9. nene

    August 12, 2014 at 2:06 am

    omg. i read a few years ago about how he had suffered from depression and alcoholism and had an untreatable std. he was so funny and will be missed greatly. what a great actor and talent.

  10. troublemaker

    August 12, 2014 at 2:50 am

    nothing is ever as it seems mental health matters RIP rare gem

  11. rudddy

    August 12, 2014 at 3:22 am

    May his soul rest in peace…depression caused it

  12. Iris

    August 12, 2014 at 3:43 am

    All I can think of is the genie in Aladdin 🙁

  13. Dr. Dee

    August 12, 2014 at 3:51 am

    Depression is real, and contrary to the belief of many Nigerians that think its a foreign disease or only for the white folks, it actually happens to lots of Nigerians. Please seek medical help if you are unavoidably having low moods (feelings of hopelessness and helplessness) and probably sleep disturbances. Don’t wait till you have suicidal thoughts.

    • MALIYA

      August 12, 2014 at 10:03 am

      Depression is real indeed, but many died as the side-effects of the medecines prescribed to treat depression make there even more depressed and suicidal than the contrary. Sometimes, it is beyond anybody’s mean to help somebody who is suffering from that disease of the soul. R.I.P!

    • Dr. Dee

      August 12, 2014 at 10:35 pm

      God is the greatest healer indeed, but steps can be taken also. Poor medical care, which includes poor follow up by doctors after giving a drug that should be used for long-term, and not enough space for admissions can be the cause of these ‘deaths from medication use’. Sometimes we have to battle with patients compliance, especially in the severe depression. For me, the solution will involve patients trying to present early enough and also trying to get enough knowledge about the side effects, or contraindications for the meds they are on. Also, it will be nice for us doctors to be more patient with our ‘clients’ and try to manage everyone individually, rather than the ‘mob’ treatment and trying to discard pple even before attending to them.

  14. Jimmy

    August 12, 2014 at 4:16 am

    Stop saying rest in peace you idiots.
    Selfish people who take their own lifes DO NOT REST IN PEACE.
    THEY ARE IN HELL – POINT BLANK AND SIMPLE
    You can call me insensitive but am not the insensitive one here – the one who left all the friends and family who loved him and took his own life cos of whatever is the insensitive one. SO THERE!!!

    • shannaro

      August 12, 2014 at 8:55 am

      Try harder.

    • Ayo

      August 12, 2014 at 9:34 am

      No Jimmy, this is a complication of a disease. It distorts your thinking. A schizophrenic running around naked doesn’t realize he is embarrassing himself or his family. In his mind that is the rational thing to do.

    • MALIYA

      August 12, 2014 at 10:09 am

      Jimmy you are very foolish! If you had known somebody who is or was suffering from that disease called depression then you will be singing a different tune. Your ignorance is blatant and making you heartless. Who are you to judge him? A saint?

    • Changing Faces

      August 12, 2014 at 10:25 am

      Idiots? You are no better than him, mr judge. He has gone to hell by your judgment, you are living in hell.

      Rest in Peace Mrs. Doubtfire, you’d be missed

    • Biz

      August 12, 2014 at 11:30 am

      Depression is a mental illness, after you have experienced it, you opinion may then be relevant. Get educated before you make yourself god and pass judgement. Google is your friend. It is very hard to remain civil around ‘people’ like you.

    • Anon

      August 12, 2014 at 1:09 pm

      Jimmy it takes an idiot to call others idiots. What do you want them to say? Rest in pieces?
      People who commit suicide are not selfish. If anything they are brave and not in a good way. Do you know the types of irrational thoughts they have, the types of thoughts that are so dark that nothing else matters? Being selfish and insensitive are sane emotions. Having suicidal thoughts and carrying out the suicide aren’t sane thoughts. You need to educate yourself to know that depression is a mental illness that can perplex your thinking and allowing a brash decision like suicide to be made, as you do not feel or believe you have any other choice but to leave the world. He must have felt he’s better off dying than staying alive and being in a constant spiral of depression. Psychology 101.

      A lot of these Hollywood actors don’t believe in God so the concept of heaven and hell is like a fairy tale and lost on them.

      I’m wary about when people go in and out of rehab. He just came out. In rehab they feed them with a cocktail of antidepressants which can cause an increase in suicidal thoughts and then lead to death. He was depressed for must of his adult life. Very sad.

    • Bella

      August 12, 2014 at 1:41 pm

      you have just showed us all your ignorance levels and hatred. I hope you never go through what his family or he went through. As a human being, we are to have compassion, that is what separates us from animals! guess you are no better,.

    • Iris

      August 12, 2014 at 2:23 pm

      No hun you’re not insensitive. You’re just stupid. And since you’ve decided you are God with the power to judge you can have that conversation with Him on judgement day. Bloody idiot.

    • abby

      August 12, 2014 at 6:09 pm

      may the lord help you to understand how life can be for some people despite been a wealth.depression kills and is real because i have been a victim and i know how hard it is to be free despite all the care and support i got here in Canada don’t say what you don’t know nothing about please

  15. Josie Okafor

    August 12, 2014 at 5:07 am

    Oh No!!! Robin!!! 🙁 RIP

  16. heart broken

    August 12, 2014 at 6:05 am

    No no no no no no no no oh Noo. One of the best actors oof this generation. What a terrible terrible news to wake up to. Soooooo sad!

  17. rop

    August 12, 2014 at 6:09 am

    I really do not know what to say. God comfort his family please. Depression is certainly real. I personally feel sometimes that my heart wants to break into a million pieces…RIP Robin Williams

  18. bruno

    August 12, 2014 at 7:13 am

    Flubber was one of my favourite movies growing up. RIP

  19. missy J

    August 12, 2014 at 7:31 am

    I don’t get it how did he get depressed? That he had to kill himself. Cause from the look of things his family got his back, he had a wonderful career and a comfortable life. Drug addiction and acoholism raped his life and the thing is that people won’t learn and keep away from it

    • MALIYA

      August 12, 2014 at 10:05 am

      Miss j, you should refrain from judging a book by his cover. Did you know the guy personally? Do you know what happens beyond closed doors? Were you aware of his problems?

  20. www.ANEMISTYLE.com

    August 12, 2014 at 7:56 am

    Sad news 🙁

  21. Anon

    August 12, 2014 at 7:57 am

    Just so sad. He acted in a lot of great movies. Loved him in Awakenings and Good Will Hunting.

  22. Fre

    August 12, 2014 at 7:58 am

    Awww, nooo. RIP 🙁

  23. Aderonke says #Bring BackOurGirls#

    August 12, 2014 at 9:16 am

    Such a great actor…depression is a slow killer. No matter what anyone is going we must all learn to share ur problems, No one can do it alone! sad very sad.

  24. Annie

    August 12, 2014 at 9:18 am

    And he left us with another great movie ‘angriest man in Brooklyn’ before he died. Whatever his cause of death was really doesn’t matter. RIP.

  25. aisha

    August 12, 2014 at 10:06 am

    ….With all the money and fame still he was depressed! Na wa o…. So sad.

    • Bella

      August 12, 2014 at 1:41 pm

      Money can never buy happiness dear.

  26. Mz Socially Awkward...

    August 12, 2014 at 10:12 am

    Not Robin. 🙁 Oh, man. Depression… many of us have been there, it takes a lot of self-will and the help of God (if you let Him) to get away from that darkness.

    Suicide is never the way out and I pray that his death this way won’t cause any emotional damage to his family, because it’s those who’re left behind that truly suffer the consequences of a suicide. Lord, please keep giving Light to all who need it in these increasingly dark times.

  27. I go dey laff

    August 12, 2014 at 10:12 am

    Rip

  28. yourstrulyblogposts.blogspot.com

    August 12, 2014 at 10:15 am

    Rip Robbie – All that glistens is not gold. My older brother said to me that all his problems would ld be solved if he were rich – goes to show that you can have all the money in the world and still be lonely!

  29. Jj

    August 12, 2014 at 10:53 am

    Genuinely sad. May his soul rest in peace! Depression is NO joke. I urge anyone who is suffering from it/ who knows anyone suffering to get help! Suicide is permanent solution to a temporary problem. I hope Robin has finally found peace…

  30. Grown Woman

    August 12, 2014 at 11:26 am

    Oh dear may he R.I.P

  31. shannaro

    August 12, 2014 at 1:41 pm

    I didn’t even know his name but all 90’s kids are bound to be like hey its the guy in this this this and this RIP Mr and thank you for the laughs.

  32. Tina

    August 12, 2014 at 1:52 pm

    Depression is real, thanks Dr Dee, its does not affect just the white folks but its affect also blacks, there are alots of Nigerians here in Europe suffering from depression because of difference problem.
    May his soul rest in perfect peace.

  33. Mama mia

    August 12, 2014 at 3:29 pm

    The price they pay for fame. Sometimes I think to myself how heartless can one be to take his/her life forgetting family and well wishers. I guess we cant all be tough both in and out. Really sad… we have lost far too many celebrities this way, Just recently watched his new show with Sarah Michelle Geller before it got cancelled. It probably was not the reason but I did sense something was going on with him.

  34. me

    August 12, 2014 at 4:45 pm

    There should be an awareness drive on depression and how to protect one’s self, It is a terrible disease, God help those who come out the other side of it healthy.

  35. abby

    August 12, 2014 at 6:05 pm

    Depression is real and kills within a twinkle of an eye.so many people battling with depression don’t like talking about it because of people reaction ,is a very strong demon to fight.is like drugs addiction .please reach out to friends and family and neighbours and find out how they are doing, do not bully and don’t hate ,if you are at the strong side please help others .is not about money or fame or material things ,some people just want to be loved and talk to .

  36. jennietobbie

    August 12, 2014 at 6:50 pm

    RIP Robin. Loved you in Good Will Hunting!!

  37. Miss CaramelD

    August 13, 2014 at 1:04 pm

    A day later and I’m still really cut up about it. RIP Robin.

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