Comedy Legend Robin Williams Found Dead at 63
Comedian Robin Williams died Monday morning in his residence in Tiburon, California, according to his wife and publicist.Just... Wow. The coroner's office is calling "suicide by asphyxiation," which I would imagine is coroner-speak for death from hanging. Really, I hope that it was a David Carradine moment. I think it's funnier that way, and I think Robin Williams would prefer the laughter to the maudlin.
Williams, 63, was found in the home he shared with his wife shortly before noon (3 p.m. ET), the Marin County Sheriff's Office said.
Robin Williams is one of those actors that has been with me pretty much my entire life. I was seven years old when he was on Mork & Mindy; I watched this zany "alien" and his antics every week, transfixed (it was one of the shows my folks allowed me to watch; go figure). From "Mork calling Orson. Come in, Orson" to sitting on his head in a chair, the character of Mork from Ork was pure Williams.
"The World According to Garp" showcased a wider range of Williams' talent, with his offbeat talents. "The Survivors" paired Williams with Walter Matthau and gave us Survivalist Robin. Everyone is familiar with "Good Morning Vietnam" (many good one liners there) and "Dead Poets Society" (Serious Robin is Serious). And then, Aladdin. Robin Williams appearing in a Disney film? Fortunately, they allowed him fairly free reign and the Genie was unfiltered (although certainly toned down) Williams.
Other roles, other movies showed his talent and range. Sure, there were a few that made me cringe, like the cardboard-cutout in "RV" or whatever the hell "Death to Smoochy" was supposed to be, but even in the later movies there was a spark of Robin. I've enjoyed so many of his films - and so have my kids, from Aladdin to Robots to Night at the Museum. It's so unbelievably sad to think he's gone, that his light will shine no more, that he will no longer entertain us.
Requiescat in pace, Robin. You will be missed.
That is all.