The American actor Robin Williams, one of the brightest of his generation, winning an Oscar for Will Hunting , died Monday after likely committed suicide.
In a statement, police in Marin County, California (Southwest USA), explained that “male subject was pronounced dead at 12:02, identified as Robin McLaurin Williams, 63 , a resident of Tiburon, California “, and that the probable cause of death appeared to be ” suicide by asphyxiation. “
An investigation is still “being on the causes and circumstances of death” , however, police said, adding that the actor was seen alive for the last time at his home, where he lived with his wife on Sunday “ to 22 hours. “
His press secretary Mara Buxbaum said in a statement received by AFP as that embodied including” Captain oh my captain “of the Dead Poets Society suffered “lately with severe depression.” “It was a sudden and tragic death” , has she added.
The actor, born in Chicago (north), had three children. His wife Susan Schneider, married his third wife in 2011, said in a separate statement it had “this morning lost her husband and best friend, while the world has lost one of its most beloved artists and one of the finest human beings “. “My heart is totally broken” , has she added, calling “the focus is not on death but on countless moments of joy and laughter he gave to millions of people. “
Robin Williams’s career spanned four decades, from one register to another, from drama to comedy via television .
Bolt comic genius
After studying drama at the prestigious Julliard School, he began his career with performances of one-man show in nightclubs . He drilled in an episode of the series Happy Days in 1974 and then in a TV film based on the character of Mork there embodied, Mork and Mindy , for which he received his first Golden Globe.
There were four in total, including best actor for Good morning Vietnam , Barry Levison, a role with which he has achieved World renown.
He conquered the public around the world with a brilliant teacher role impressionable teenagers face in The circle of poets missing (1989), and a comic register in films like Madame Doubtfire (1993), which also earned him a Golden Globe, or in the series of films for children and adults Night at the Museum.
It is thanks to her performance in Will Hunting that he received his only Academy Award in 1998 for Best Supporting Actor. He had been nominated three other times.
On Twitter, reactions rained for lament the loss of the actor. “I am completely stunned by the loss of Robin Williams, a great man, a great talent, a co-star, authentic soul” , reacted on Twitter actor Steve Martin.
In the journal’s reference movie Variety , filmmaker Steven Spielberg has said that “Robin was a stroke of comic genius and our laughter was the thunder that was done. He was a friend and I do not believe he is no longer here “
. President Barack Obama praised the ” immeasurable talent “ the actor “offered freely and generously to those in most need our -since foreign troops deployed to the marginalized people in our streets.”
The actor had been successful heart surgery in 2009, and the medical staff had then said that he had begun to make them laugh just two hours after coming out of surgery. He was to appear in a series of Madame Doubtfire that was canceled at the announcement of his death. He still has three films in post-production, including a new Night at the Museum due out by year’s end.