Musicians react to the death of Robin Williams

Williams is suspected of dying due to suicide

News of famed comedic actor Robin Williams’ death has taken the media by storm and some famous musicians are sending their condolences and sharing their memories of him.

Williams died on Monday, August 11th at the age of 63 from an apparent suicide at his Northern California home he where he was last seen alive by his wife, whom he shared the home with, on Sunday (August 10th).

An autopsy is scheduled for today (August 12th), but Coroner investigators suspect “the death to be a suicide due to asphyxia,” the Marin County, California, Sheriff’s Office said.

“He has been battling severe depression of late,” his publicist told ABC News. “This is a tragic and sudden loss. The family respectfully asks for their privacy as they grieve during this very difficult time.”

In the late 70s and 80s, Williams had also struggled with substance abuse but quit cold turkey after his friend and fellow actor John Belushi died of an overdose in 1982 and his son, Zachary, was born in 1983.

Williams had been sober for more than 20 years when he began drinking again in 2006. He had been in and out of rehab a few times since, including his most recent stint in June 2014.

Fans can expect to see Williams in at least four more movies, including the latest film in the Night At The Museum franchise where he portrayed former president Teddy Roosevelt. He had also signed on to reprise his role as Mrs. Doubtfire in a sequel to the 1993 hit comedy, but no filming had begun at the time of his death.

Author: Buddy Iahn

Buddy Iahn founded The Music Universe when he decided to juxtapose his love of web design and music. As a lifelong drummer, he decided to take a hiatus from playing music to report it. The website began as a fun project in 2013 to one of the top independent news sites.