TIBURON, CA – Actor and comedian Robin Williams was found dead today at his Tiburon home.
Accoring to the Marin County Coroner’s office, the preliminary diagnosis is suicide due to asphyxia.
Williams was last seen alive at his Northern California home on Sunday. He lived in Marin County with his wife.
According to his media representative Mara BuxBaum, the Oscar-winning actor had “been battling severe depression of late,” she went on to tell CNN, “This is a tragic and sudden loss. The family respectfully asks for their privacy as they grieve during this very difficult time.”
In 2011 Williams married graphic designer Susan Schneider in a Napa Valley ceremony. Schneider released a statement to CNN through Buxbaum.
“This morning, I lost my husband and my best friend, while the world lost one of its most beloved artists and beautiful human beings. I am utterly heartbroken.
“On behalf of Robin’s family, we are asking for privacy during our time of profound grief. As he is remembered, it is our hope the focus will not be on Robin’s death, but on the countless moments of joy and laughter he gave to millions.”
According to his business associate, Dave Frey, Ramone’s wife contacted him to let him know that he passed away on Friday at his home in Ridgewood, Queens, New York following treatment for bile duct cancer..
Tommy Ramone co-founded the Ramones in 1974 in New York along with singer Joey Ramone, bassist DeeDee Ramone and guitarist Johnny Ramone. All four band members took the common name of Ramone in support of the band.
The band was best known for their influential hit songs “I wanna be sedated” and “Blitzkrieg Bop,” among others, earning them an induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002.
While the band struggled since their debut album in 1976, they left an indelible mark on the rock genre with their rapid fire lyrics and unique sound.
Johnny Ramone, whose birth name was John Cummings, died in 2004 of prostate cancer. Joey Ramone, whose real name is Jeff Hyman, died in 2001 of lymphatic cancer. Dee Dee Ramone, whose real name is Douglas Colvin, died from a drug overdose in 2002. Tommy Ramone was born Erdelyi Tamas in Budapest, Hungary.
RICHMOND, VA – Founder and lead singer for heavy metal band GWAR was found dead in his Richmond, VA home on Sunday.
According to Police, the body of 50-year-old Dave Brockie, who performed under the name of “Oderus Urungus” for the hardcore band known for their grotesque performances, was found at his home just before 7 p.m. Sunday.
At this point investigators do not believe there was any foul play. An autopsy is scheduled to determine the cause of death.
Gwar is a satirical heavy metal band formed in Richmond, Virginia, in 1984. The band is best known for its elaborate science fiction/horror film inspired costumes, obscene lyrics and graphic stage performances, which feature humorous enactments of politically and morally taboo themes.
“My friend Dave Brockie, AKA Oderus Urungus, the singer of GWAR, has left the building & taken off back to his home planet,” Randy Blythe, frontman for Lamb of God, posted on Instagram, “Dave TRULY WAS ONE OF A KIND — I can’t think of ANYONE even remotely like him…My band learned how to become a real touring band from GWAR — they gave us our first shot at this thing.”
In 2011 Cory Smoot, lead guitarist for GWAR, was found dead on their tour bus following a concert in Minneapolis. Smoot has been performing with the band since 2002 under the name “Flattus Maximus” and produced their last two albums.
The band is expected to release a statement today (Monday).
NEW YORK, NY – Oscar winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead today in his Manhattan apartment. He was 46.
According to authorities, it appears Hoffman died of an apparent drug overdose.
Law enforcement sources told CNN that Hoffman was discovered in dead in his bathroom with a needle in his left arm. They also found in his apartment eight empty glassine-type bags that usually contain heroin.
The bags were stamped with “Ace of Hearts” and “Ace of Spades,” street names for the heroin.
Hoffman was last seen Saturday night at around 8 and he was expected to pick up his kids on Sunday. Playwright David Katz and another person went to the apartment and discovered the body.
“We are devastated by the loss of our beloved Phil and appreciate the outpouring of love and support we have received from everyone. This is a tragic and sudden loss and we ask that you respect our privacy during this time of grieving,” Hoffman’s family said in a statement. “Please keep Phil in your thoughts and prayers.”
Hoffman won the Academy Award for Best Actor for the 2005 biographical film Capote, and received three Academy Award nominations as Best Supporting Actor. He also received three Tony Award nominations for his work in theater.
In 2013, he played Plutarch Heavensbee in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, the sequel to The Hunger Games.
Hoffman began his acting career in 1991, gradually gaining recognition for his supporting work in a number of films including Scent of a Woman (1992), Twister (1996), and Boogie Nights (1997).
He appeared in such films as The Big Lebowski , Patch Adams, Magnolia, The Talented Mr. Ripley and many more.
Hoffman played the title role in Capote and won multiple acting awards including an Academy Award for Best Actor. He received another three Academy Award nominations for his supporting work in Charlie Wilson’s War (2007), Doubt (2008) and The Master (2012).
In 2010, Hoffman made his feature film directorial debut with Jack Goes Boating.
Hoffman was an accomplished theater actor and director as well, joining the LAByrinth Theater Company in 1995. He went on to direct and perform in numerous stage productions. His performances in three Broadway plays led to three Tony Award nominations: two for Best Leading Actor in True West (2000) and Death of a Salesman (2012); one for Best Featured Actor in Long Day’s Journey into Night (2003).
LONDON – The legendary film and stage actor Peter O’Toole has died after a long illness. He was 81.
The Irish born O’Toole’s was best known for his role in the movie ‘Lawrence of Arabia.’ He shot to stardom in the ‘60s when he got his big break after Sir David cast him as British adventured T E Lawrence.
According to his agent O’Toole died on Saturday at London’s Wellington hospital in London after a long illness. In a statement he said O’Toole was “one of a kind in the very best sense and a giant in his field.”
He received an honorary Oscar in 2003, but initially refused to accept the award. In a letter addressed to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences he told the Academy to wait until he was 80 since he was still in the game and might just win the “bugger.”
O’Toole was nominated a total of eight times in the past.
SAN FRANCISCO, CA – HGTV home-improvement show “Curb Appeal” co-host Bill Beckwith died Monday night when his motorcycle collided with a vehicle in a San Francisco neighborhood. He was 38.
In an email HGTV said, “The HGTV family is deeply saddened by Bill’s tragic death and we mourn his loss along with his many family and friends who will miss his creativity, adventurous spirit and general love of life.”
On Tuesday the show posted on their Facebook page, “Bill was truly a beloved and respected member of our Curb Appeal family and this loss is devastating to us. We send our deepest and most sincere condolences to Bill’s family.”
Beckwith co-hosted “Curb Appeal” with John Gidding, Chip Wade and Kimberly Lacy.
LOS ANGELES, CA –Paul Walker, best known for his role as Brian O’Connor in the popular “Fast & Furious” movies, has died in a car accident in Southern California on Saturday. The actor was 40-years-old.
According to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, two people were killed in an accident that took place at around 3:30 p.m. on Saturday in Santa Clarita. Both victims were pronounced dead at the scene.
The second victim has not been identified.
Walker was a passenger in the vehicle and had just attended a charity event for his organization, Reach Out Worldwide earlier in the day.
LOS ANGELES, CA – Character actor Ed Lauter died on Wednesday at the age of 74.
Having starred in scores of movies and TV shows and a career spanning 50 years, the veteran actor is known to many movie goers and television watchers.
According to Lauter’s publicist he died of mesothelioma, which is a rare form of cancer most commonly caused by asbestos exposure.
During the 70’s Lauter was Burt Reynold’s nemesis in The Longest Yard and he was a gas station attendant in Alfred Hitchcock’s The Family Plot.
Most recently Lauter was scheduled to play roles in several new movies including The Town That Dreaded Sundown, Becker’s Farm and The Grave all slated to be released sometime next year. It’s unclear if he completed shooting for any of those roles.
TV appearances included The Office, ER, Murder, She Wrote and The Rockford Files.
In an interview with Cinema Shock magazine in 2010 Lauter referred to himself as “turn” actor, going on to describe his characters as someone who shows up in the film and “turns” the plot in a different direction.
Young was a no-show for filming on Monday. Management contacted police to conduct a welfare check at his Los Angeles home to check on the actor.
His manager, Jonathan Baruch, confirmed that Young committed suicide.
Young starred in Disney’s ‘The Famous Jett Jackson,’ which ran from 1998 to 2001. More recently he appeared as Detective Barry Frost on TNT’s Rizzoli & Isles.
TNT released a statement saying they were, “beyond heartbroken at the loss of this sweet, gentle, good-hearted, intelligent man. He was truly a member of our family. Lee will be cherished and remembered by all who knew and loved him, both on- and off-screen, for his positive energy, infectious smile and soulful grace. We send our deepest condolences and thoughts to his family, to his friends and, most especially, to his beloved mother.”
The Disney Channel released a statement, “Nothing any of us can say will adequately express our sadness over Lee’s untimely passing — our thoughts are with his loved ones and the many fans of his work.”
LOS ANGELES, CA – Actress Lisa Robin Kelly, best known for her role as Laurie Forman on FOX’s sitcom “That ’70s Show” has died. She was 43.
The embattled actress was experiencing legal problems on top of substance abuse. She died soon after checking herself into a rehab facility to battle her addiction problems.
“Unfortunately Lisa Robin Kelly passed away last evening. Lisa had voluntarily checked herself into a treatment facility early this week where she was battling the addiction problems that have plagued her these past few years,” her agent Craig Wyckoff said in a statement, “I spoke to her on Monday and she was hopeful and confident, looking forward to putting this part of her life behind her. Last night she lost the battle.”
A cause of death has not yet been released.
In 2003 Kelly exited the FOX show “That ’70s Show” and was replaced by Christina Moore for the show’s sixth season.
Kelly remained in the headlines when in 2012 she was arrested for assaulting her husband in North Carolina.
Kelly said in an interview with “Good Morning America,” that she started struggling with alchohol after suffering through a miscarriage.
“I had lost a baby, and as a result of that, I lost everything, and I was abusing alcohol, which I no longer do,” Kelly told “Good Morning America, “With ‘That ’70s Show,’ I was guilty of the drinking problem and I ran. And I am not running from this. And I have paid my dues. And if I can make it through this, I can make it through anything.”
In June of this year Kelly was arrested for suspicion of DUI after her car stalled on the freeway in Burbank, Calif.