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Hollywood Legend Robin Williams Dead at 63.

Police Believe the Actor Committed Suicide


(SNN) - Legendary comedian, Academy Award winning actor and humanitarian, Robin Williams, died today at the age of 63. Marin County Sheriff’s Department in California released a statement this date stating the actor was found unresponsive and not breathing inside his Tiburion, Calif., home. Responding to a 911 call, emergency personnel arrived on the scene, and pronounced Williams dead at 12:02 p.m.. It was reported that Williams was last seen alive at home at 10 p.m. on Aug. 10. Williams lived with his wife, Susan Schneider.

The police have advised that Williams’ suspected cause of death was suicide as a result of asphyxiation; however police inquiry continues and the official cause of death will be released upon the conclusion of the investigation.

Leaving his mark.

Williams had become a hit as a stand-up comic when producer Garry Marshall cast him in an episode of Happy Days as a wayward alien from outer space by the name of Mork. That appearance resulted in a spin-off, where Williams starred opposite Pam Dawber in the sitcom “Mork & Mindy.” That television show won Williams a Golden Glode Award for Best Actor in a TV Series Musical or Comedy in 1978. This was to be the first of many accolades for the talented actor.

Williams starred in a string of successful films, including the motion picture version of “Popeye”, “Good Morning, Vietnam”, “Mrs. Doubtfire”, “The King Fisher” , “Bicentennial Man”, and “Robots” In all, Williams starred in over seventy five motion pictures since 1977.

His success and celebrity afforded him the ability to contribute to many philanthropic activities including co-founding the Windfall Foundation, an organization that raises money for many charities. Williams was closely involved in “Comic Relief” with fellow comedians Whoopi Goldberg and Billy Crystal. Among many charitable causes Williams stood behind, he also supported the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital for several years.

Robin Williams, a man who will be known fondly by millions of fans, left a legacy. He once said, “No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world." And with that Williams changed the world, for the better.


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