Robin Williams Dies From Apparent Suicide, Rockers React

Comedy icon suffered severe depression recently, entertainment world in state of shock.

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Oscar-winning comedy icon Robin Williams has passed away earlier last morning (August 11), due to an apparent suicide, leaving the world in a state of shock. He was 63.

As Entertainment Weekly reports, the passing initially wasn't confirmed by the actor's publicist, but his rep ultimately issued the following statement:

"Robin Williams passed away this morning. He has been battling severe depression of late. This is a tragic and sudden loss. The family respectfully asks for their privacy as they grieve during this very difficult time."

Known for his roles in "Good Will Hunting," "Mrs. Doubtfire," "Jumanji," "Night at the Museum" and more, Williams left a permanent mark in the movie world as one of the ultimate greats.

According to a press release issued by the Marin County Coronor's office, the Sheriff's office suspects the death to be "suicide due to asphyxia." Fox was also quick to issue an official statement, as the company that will issue the third part of "Night at the Museum" this December.

"There really are no words to describe the loss of Robin Williams. He was immensely talented, a cherished member of our community, and part of the Fox family. Our hearts go out to his family, friends and fans. He will be deeply missed," the statement reads.

The guitar-driven domain was equally shocked, as many prominent rock and metal musicians took on their Twitter pages to express grief and condolences. You can find some of their reactions below.

RIP fellow Illinois Entertainer-In-Arms Robin Williams. Thankyou for bringing joy to so many with ur peerless wit. #DeadPoetsSocietyRules

- Tom Morello (@tmorello) August 12, 2014

Such a tragic loss. I will always have amazing memories of @RobinWilliams. Respect and love goes out to his family.

- Ozzy Osbourne (@OzzyOsbourne) August 11, 2014

This is the saddest day ever! The kindest man I have ever met leaves us all today! @robinwilliams my heart bleeds pic.twitter.com/sUWe4lp8hK

- T❍mmy L✮✮ (@MrTommyLand) August 12, 2014

RIP @robinwilliams condolences to family and friends.. @Megadeth http://t.co/4bhM6WCxhj

- David Ellefson (@ellefsondavid) August 11, 2014

So sad about Robin Williams. Meeting him was a personal highlight for me. Amazing man.

- Brendon Small (@_Brendonsmall) August 11, 2014

R.I.P. Robin Williams. A kind and generous man.

- Gene Simmons (@genesimmons) August 11, 2014

RIP Robin Williams. Thank you for a lifetime of laughter. You will truely be missed. Our hearts and prayers go out to your family & friends

- Chester Bennington (@ChesterBe) August 12, 2014

The entire Osbourne Family is grieving the loss of a kind, funny, generous and talented man, Robin Williams.

- Sharon Osbourne (@MrsSOsbourne) August 11, 2014

So many tweets mourning the loss of Robin Williams. Definitely a testament to how much his talent resonated with so many of us.

- Myles Kennedy (@MylesKennedy) August 12, 2014

Very sad news about Robin Williams! You will be missed! RIP. pic.twitter.com/oPl15eE0vQ

- Official Motörhead (@myMotorhead) August 12, 2014

A fantastic comedian and great actor. Rest in peace, Robin Williams. Thank you for all the laughs #RobinWilliams

- In Flames (@InFlames_SWE) August 12, 2014

No one ever made me laugh like Robin Williams. Now I can't stop crying. We'll miss you, Mr. Williams.

- Captain Fluffy Bug (@CoreyTaylorRock) August 11, 2014

@robinwilliams REST IN PEACE. THANK YOU FOR ALL THOSE YEARS OF LAUGHTER. YOU WILL BE TRULY MISSED

- DAVID DRAIMAN (@DAVIDMDRAIMAN) August 11, 2014

R.I.P. Robin Williams #legend

- Robert Caggiano (@RobCaggiano) August 12, 2014

RIP Robin Williams! Such a terrible loss. @robinwilliams

- OVERKILL (@OverkillBand) August 12, 2014

Robin Williams and I at the ARF benefit http://t.co/6fxDZlca

- Robb Flynn (@TheGeneralMH) January 8, 2013

One of the world greatest actor/comedians died today. RIP Robin Williams! You will be missed. #bummed

- A S H B A (@DjASHBA) August 11, 2014

Robin Williams, it was an honor to know you. #restinpeace @ The Butler set, New Orleans http://t.co/OEkbhwlRac

- Lenny Kravitz (@LennyKravitz) August 11, 2014

#RIP to one of the best ever, Sir Robin Williams.

- Def Leppard (@def_leppard) August 12, 2014

80 comments sorted by best / new / date

    surf&guitar
    Such a loss. RIP Mr Williams!
    metallideth88
    RIP. Great comedian and actor. Sad to see someone take their own life.
    Maiden95
    Without a doubt one of the top 10 comedians of the modern era. A fantastic actor who could pull off dramatic roles maybe even better than comedic roles. The circumstances of his death are so sad, but no one is in position to judge. I'm glad to see little to no negativity this morning.
    RiffsanBridges
    You forgot about Ghoul: Just heard the tragic news about Robbie Williams. I can't believe he's still alive and Robin Williams is dead. #nofair #longlivemork
    murtoll
    Couldn't help notice David Draiman's ALL CAPS TWITTER CRUISE CONTROL persists beyond discussions of Israel. Is he mad or half-deaf?
    Mikethespud
    He's always typed like that, nobody knows why. I'm gonna go for mad.
    metalme31
    I actually think he hit the CAPS LOCK key by mistake when he got his first key board just hasn't learned to turn it off. To this day he sits and types and wonders "Why does it always look like I'm yelling?"
    spikewolf123
    It's because on an old disturbed forum whenever he would post on a draiman account he would always use caps lock to show it was him and it's just carried on since the forum closed etc
    svelle
    It's not that the accountname is for stuff like that, but hey. GUESS I'M DAVID DRAIMAN NOW, TOO!
    ThatAndyGuy93
    RIP O' Captain! My Captain!
    rynlrkn2
    one of his greatest roles. Guess now he really is a dead poet.
    minusxero
    Because we are food for worms, lads. Because, believe it or not, each and every one of us in this room is one day going to stop breathing, turn cold and die.
    Chickendirt
    One of the greatest actors and funniest comedians. A brilliant man. It's so unfortunate he couldn't defeat his demons but his legacy will live on forever. R.I.P Capt
    metalme31
    It's truly amazing the foot prints this man will leave on this world. This is not a hollywood site but almost everyone on this site will know this man and hopefully, realize how big of a loss this is. It's true artists like he that show me the human race is not all meaningless and selfish. It's almost as if he could work miracles by his wit, charm, and enormous heart for others. I did not know this man on a personal level but, as cheesy as this may sound, my heart did. I, along with not hundreds... not thousands... but MILLIONS of people around the world, will miss him. Thank you for the memories. RIP Mr. Williams.
    NickWebb91
    "Kind and generous", 2 of Mr Simmons' biggest insults. :p On a more relevant note, Genie, you're free.
    coffinpilot
    The other day Gene Simmons was critical of people who committed suicide . Changed his tune somewhat .
    iommi600
    He always seemed like a genuinely good guy, despite all his personal problems. Poor guy, RIP.
    cyclonus
    Normally I'd point out that rock artists commenting on an actor's death doesn't qualify as music news but it's a great shame to know it's Robin Williams who is dead. The man brought so much joy to the world, he will be sorely missed
    dorpzot
    He's one of the greatest actors in the world. Most people only remember his funny movies but movies like House Of D really showcased his talent. RIP Mr. Williams!
    jan.boogaerts
    Totally agree...the best films he played in weren't the comic ones. House of D, One Hour Photo, Insomnia and especialy What Dreams May Come, they are the ones that truely show what a brilliant actor he was. As much as he is loved for his comedy, those movies are so underrated. I hope people will make the effort to watch them and recon his brilliance, not just as a comedian, but as a complete actor.
    kratos379
    Good Will Hunting was an amazing movie as well. I felt pretty inspired after watching it and it was another example of his excellent acting.
    AlexGreat123
    I guess the genie decided to see the world He was in so many films I watched as a kid.
    MetalRock4ever
    I wonder how flubber is coping with the loss... Hopefully it's still as bouncy as it was back in the day (loved that film when I was a kid).
    cfhdomination
    I never thought I'd be so sad over the death of an actor, but I have to admit, hearing the news about his death choked me up a bit. He was such an amazing person and extremely talented actor. Not to mention he was funny as hell. The greatest episode of "Whose Line Is It Anyway" was the one featuring Robin Williams. If anyone here hasn't seen it, do yourselves a favor and hunt it down. It's hilarious. What makes his death so tragic is that he brought joy to many people with his comedic gift, and yet he was haunted by such deep depression. RIP Robin Williams. You'll be missed!
    rockervi
    Brought laughs to millions, but deeply troubled inside. Feel so sorry for him.
    jesse1994
    christopwhalen
    It's the end of this track that is relevant part - it closes the album with "shazbut, nanu nanu." Highway To Hell was recorded way back when Mork And Mindy was a hit tv show. I guess it's a safe bet that they were fans. RIP O' Captain, My Captain - I'm standing on my desk right now....
    guitarpro15
    I won't say Rest In Peace Robin Williams. A guy with that kind of explosive infectious energy would never want to rest. Instead I hope that the energy keeps on burning for generations to come. He was beyond amazing. On a side note, now that the literal face of joy and humor has taken his life from depression, can we talk about the fact that depression is much more complex than being just sad?
    badfish_lewis
    I used to watch him on Mork and Mindy as a kid, my mother was a huge fan. Loved him in so many movies but Good WIll Hunting and What Dreams May Come were favorites
    je1988
    I heard this yesterday and watched nothing but Robin Williams stand up until I fell asleep. Sad day for the world, he truly was an amazing man.
    SkepsisMetal
    Genuinely about the saddest I have been regarding the death of a "celebrity". Though he never really was. Just a guy doing what he genuinely wanted to do; bring laughter and fun into just a few more peoples's lives each time he stood up. Lucky enough to get paid for it, but always dropping out of the spotlight when it wasn't about his professional life. A truly humble, honest and inspirational character; off stage and on. A part of my childhood is now frozen in place, but at least it's a place where I saw some of the films that are still my favourites today. Goodbye, Mr. Williams. And Goodnight, Vietnam.
    matteo cubano
    he always seemed like a lot of great artists to be kinda mentally ill. i'm not too surprised that this is the way he went, it's tragic though don't get me wrong. love the guy. RIP
    xxdarrenxx
    I'm not surprised either about his loss. Almost every picture I saw of him was barely a genuine smile. Always with his mouth closed and a slight worry in his eyes. That being said I Spent 8 years of my life at a psychiatrist and was around depressed people all the time, so maybe it seems more obvious to me. Depressed people either take back in their "Shell" and be gloomy, but it occurs just as much that depressed people are quite social and often are the "joker" type of person. They laugh all the time, make jokes, and act careless, but this is all just a "mask" or a coping mechanism if you will. That being said, he brought many joy and movies, and don't forget this one; RIP Mr Williams.
    Bollockser
    "Dont worry be happy, pop some prescription happy pills and pay $80/hr to talk to some QUACK headshrinker"
    Marcus 90
    I first saw him in Flubber and really fell in love with his sense of humour, this is really sad news, no one deserves to suffer from depression like he did, Rest In Peace Mr Williams and thank you for all the good laughter you brought.
    Shadow914
    Pryor, Carlin, Williams.. We are doomed to a life without laughter. One of my favorite comedians of all time, Rest In Peace Robin Williams \m/ \m/ This earth has grown much darker.
    unknownking
    He will be missed for the laughter he brought to so many. But now that so many different pics are being posted of him from throughout the many years, am I the only one that notices that he does not seem to have truly genuine smiles in many/most of the ones he is smiling in? And that he does not smile in a good amount of them too?
    Chickendirt
    although a lot of the earlier ones he's only trying to act overserious, you have just revealed something crazy to me. I haven't noticed it but now you mention it, it's heartbreaking. He always, when acting, could pull of a genuine sad but caring and loving smile, but I never thought it resonated with normal life
    RogueBagel
    There are plenty of comedians and actors out there, but this man was on another level. As a child, Genie was my homeboy, and years later, his Live on Broadway standup became one of my all-time favorites. I can't think of a comedian more diverse in the way he touched audiences of all ages. Verily, a masterful performer. You will be missed, Robin. RIP
    JawrshyXD
    What a legend, he was one of the main reason for laughter in my childhood. A hero lost, but certainly never will be forgotten. RIP
    Kueller917
    I still can't accept this. I know he was dealing with problems but he was still not the person I'd expect to go like this.
    dennis.1960
    Everytime I see his face, I will smile and hear GOOOOOD MOOOOORNING VIETNAAAAAM! RIP
    Manovvar
    "who ever heard of a sad clown?" yeah...this was quite the shocker. he was one of my fave comedians growing up. RIP Robin.
    Manovvar
    ASS-umptions...it's funny how a lot of people will talk about something they know absolutely fvck-all about just to hear themselves talk. truth of the matter is, (actual truth btw), is that he was an on again/off again alcoholic/drug addict(coke being his drug of choice) and battling sever depression. he was also in the process of losing everything and filing for bankruptcy. put all of it together, and you got a recipe for disaster. "scared of aging"... ...twit.
    Sundb3rg
    I was a bit sad when I heard it. Great actor. Off topic, considering Draimans recent.. Rampage, I lol'd at his all caps tweet.