Robin Williams death confirmed a suicide

US actor Robin Williams (AFP Photo / Tiziana Fabi)

US actor Robin Williams (AFP Photo / Tiziana Fabi)

August 12, 2014

He made us laugh; He made us cry

Actor and comedian Robin Williams died of a suicide, police now confirm, and believe asphyxia due to hanging was the cause of his death. Williams, 63, died Monday at his home in Marin County, California.

 

Late Tuesday morning, Marin Co. Sheriff’s Lt. Keith Boyd told reporters at a press conference that Williams’ personal assistant found the actor hanging from a belt around his neck inside a room at his home one day earlier. Cuts were also found on Williams’ wrist, Boyd said, and a pocket knife was located near his body.

“It was so sudden and he was such a great guy and it’s such a loss to the whole community,” neighbor Daniel Jennings told the Associated Press. “He was really nice to all the neighbors.”

Officials said at Tuesday’s presser that Williams’ wife last saw him at around 10:30 p.m. Sunday evening, and that the actor’s body was discovered late the next morning in a “seated position, suspended, slightly above the ground,” according to Boyd, “suspended from the belt that was wedged between the door and the door frame that was placed around his neck.”

The Coroner has preliminarily ruled the incident a death due to hanging, and said a toxicology report will be finished in two- to six-weeks.

One day earlier, Williams’ publicist issued a statement saying his client had been “battling severe depression,” and asked for privacy on behalf of the actor’s family.

“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,”Williams’ wife, Susan Schneider, said in a statement on Monday.“As he is remembered, it is our hope that the focus will not be on Robin’s death, but on the countless moments of joy and laughter he gave to millions.”

His daughter, 25-year-old Zelda Williams, posted an excerpt from the book “The Little Prince” in paying tribute to her daughter over Twitter.

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The Chicago-born actor won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in the 1997 film ‘Good Will Hunting,’ and also won accolades for dramatic performances in ‘Dead Poets Society’ and ‘What Dreams May Come,’ among others.

According to IMDB, Williams had over 100 acting credits to his name, including roles in at least three films currently in post-production.

At Tuesday’s conference, the Marin County Sheriff’s Office declined to answer if any suicide note was found near Williams’ body.

Arcade Fire Oscar nomination for ‘Her’ – Best Original Score

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Set in the Los Angeles of the slight future, the story follows Theodore Twombly, a complex, soulful man who makes his living writing touching, personal letters for other people. Heartbroken after the end of a long relationship, he becomes intrigued with a new, advanced operating system, which promises to be an intuitive entity in its own right, individual to each user. Upon initiating it, he is delighted to meet “Samantha,” a bright, female voice, who is insightful, sensitive and surprisingly funny. As her needs and desires grow, in tandem with his own, their friendship deepens into an eventual love for each other.

2hr 0min‎‎ – Rated R‎‎ – Romance/Drama‎
Director: Spike Jonze – Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Rooney Mara, Olivia Wilde, Amy Adams, Samantha Morton

Arcade Fire soundtrack is among the 114 soundtracks that will be eligible for the Best Original Score nomination at the 2014 Academy Awards, as Deadline reports. Making the cut: Arcade Fire’s score for Spike Jonze’s upcoming film Her and M83’s score for Joseph Kosinski’s Oblivion.

Her (Trailer Music) Arcade Fire – Supersymmetry

Her – Official Trailer (HD) Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams

Rock Star vs Actor

Joaquin Phoenix

Joaquin Phoenix

Looking like the ghost of Jerry Garcia, Joaquin Phoenix announced, via backwards knuckle scrawl, that he’ll be leaving acting to pursue a music career. Hopefully that idea will last as long as the ink on his hands, or he might wind up in MySpace band obscurity like Russell Crowe! Although, Joaquin certainly is talented, has a handsome voice, and we could watch him swagger all day. However, we’re worried the “Walk The Line” Oscar nom went to his head. It’s easy to feel like a successful musician when you’re pretending you’re Johnny Cash, but will the Phoenix be able to rise as a rock star? It remains to be seen. But is he really picking a better life for himself? Let’s help him see the light with a face off: rock star vs. actor!

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