As of 11 August 2014, TMZ (a site not generally known for starting or propagating hoaxes) was reporting that 63-year-old comedian/actor Robin Williams was dead of a suicide:
Robin Williams has committed suicide.
The comedian killed himself in Tiburon, in Northern California.
According to the Marin County Sheriff's Office ... authorities found William's body inside his home. They say he was found unresponsive.
He was unconscious and not breathing and the coroner suspects suicide due to asphyxia.
Williams was last seen alive at his house at 10 PM Sunday night.
Williams went back to rehab last month to focus on his sobriety. We're told alcohol was an issue.
Williams struggled with cocaine and alcohol abuse in the early '80s but was sober for 20 years.
Williams was 63.
Other media outlets such as the Los Angeles Times
quickly confirmed the report was real, and not a celebrity death hoax:
Oscar-winning actor and comic Robin Williams died Monday [August 11] at 63 of an apparent suicide, the Marin County Sheriff's Department confirmed.
Around 11:55 a.m. Monday, sheriff's officials said, a 911 call came in about a man unresponsive in his home in Tiburon. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
The entertainment world publication Variety
also reported that:
Veteran film and television comedic actor Robin Williams was found dead on Monday. He was 63.
The cause of death is believed to be suicide via asphyxiation, according to the coroner’s office in Tiburon, Calif. He was found in his home.
According to his publicist, who confirmed the news, the actor had been battling depression of late and recently entered 12-step rehab stint for drug abuse.
The Marin County Coroner has posted a notice
about the case stating:
On August 11, 2014, at approximately 11:55 am, Marin County Communications received a 9-1-1 telephone call reporting a male adult had been located unconscious and not breathing inside his residence in unincorporated Tiburon, CA. The Sheriff's Office, as well as the Tiburon Fire Department and Southern Marin Fire Protection District were dispatched to the incident with emergency personnel arriving on scene at 12:00 pm. The male subject, pronounced deceased at 12:02 pm has been identified as Robin McLaurin Williams, a 63 year old resident of unincorporated Tiburon, CA.
An investigation into the cause, manner, and circumstances of the death is currently underway by the Investigations and Coroner Divisions of the Sheriff's Office. Preliminary information developed during the investigation indicates Mr. Williams was last seen alive at his residence, where he resides with his wife, at approximately 10:00 pm on August 10, 2014. Mr. Williams was located this morning shortly before the 9-1-1 call was placed to Marin County Communications. At this time, the Sheriff's Office Coroner Division suspects the death to be a suicide due to asphyxia, but a comprehensive investigation must be completed before a final determination is made. A forensic examination is currently scheduled for August 12, 2014 with subsequent
toxicology testing to be conducted.
The coroner later determined that Williams had hanged
himself. Williams' wife maintained that the comedian was sober but struggling with early stages of Parkinson’s Disease at the time of his death.
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