(Robin Williams, always fashion-forward, seen wearing A Bathing Ape camo with fans at a convenience store. Spotted on Hypebeast)
Stand-up comic and actor Robin Williams has died of an apparent suicide at the age of 63. His body was found at his home in Tiburon, CA, and the Marin County coroner is attributing his death to suicide by asphyxiation. While his rep did not specifically confirm that the frenetic, often self-deprecating, hyper-wit comedian committed suicide, a released statement does suggest as much:
“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.”
(Robin Williams on a recent visit to David Letterman…with his Raf Simons hightops on. I remember when Robin was early on the Prada space-age silver sneaker game back in the early 2000′s.)
While Robin Williams, in more recent years, had seemingly gotten lost in the wastelands of kiddie flicks (Night In The Museum 1, 2, and 3), sitcoms and voiceover work, he also appeared on Louis CK’s Louie and was working on a sequel to his 1993 hit movie, Mrs. Doubtfire. Robin won a much-deserved Oscar for his incredible performance in Matt Damon and Ben Affleck’s Good Will Hunting, but if you ever have the chance…I strongly suggest taking a trip down New York City memory lane by renting another Robin Williams’ classic, Moscow On The Hudson.

And while I know I’m an odd bird, I also have to say I was always a huge fan of Robin’s first TV sitcom, Mork and Mindy. In hindsight, it was a totally bizarro show that would never survive today….Mork was a loveable alien (who first appeared on Happy Days with The Fonz), Mindy was his human girlfriend, and Jonathan Winters was Mearth, their son who was pre-Benjamin Buttons….meaning, he was born an old man and was aging backwards. Amazing.

Do the knowledge if you’re really about that TV history life. Robin Williams made us laugh, and he was known for this very wacky blend of norm-core and fashion-forward style….but he always struck me as a tortured soul…brilliant and funny, yet schizophrenic and uneasy. Hopefully, he’s at rest now.