By Balitang America Staff, ABS-CBN North America Bureau
Aug. 11, 2014
REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – “I’m just one of many actors that you’ve worked with and you changed our lives and I’m just one of the millions of people around the world that will forever miss you,” Filipino-American actor Dante Basco said this in a video blog about his former Hook co-star, comedian Robin Williams, who died this morning in an apparent murder suicide. Basco’s most notable role was Rufio of the Lost Boys in Steven Spielberg’s 1991 film, Hook, with Williams playing the lead role of Peter Pan.
“Rest in peace, Peter Pan…o captain, my captain,” Basco added in his Tumblr page.
At 11:55 am on Monday, Marin County Communications received a 911 telephone call reporting a male adult had been located unconscious and not breathing inside his home in Tiburon, California. At noon, the Sheriff’s Office, the Tiburon Fire Department and the Southern Marin Fire Protection rushed to the scene and the deceased male was identified as 63-year old Robin Williams.
The Oscar-winning actor and comedian apparently battled severe depression, according to his media representative, Mara Buxbaum. “This is a tragic and sudden loss. The family respectfully asks for their privacy as they grieve during this very difficult time,” Buxbaum told CNN.
The Marin County Sheriff’s Office Coroner Division said that an investigation into the cause, manner and circumstances of the death is currently underway. While he is suspected to have died from a suicide due to asphyxia, authorities said a comprehensive investigation must be completed before a final determination is made.
A forensic examination is currently scheduled for tomorrow, August 12 with subsequent toxicology testing to be conducted.
Williams was married to a Filipino-American philanthropist and former movie producer, Marsha Garces in 1989. Garces, William’s former nanny, filed for divorce from Williams, citing irreconcilable differences in 2008. She has two children with the award-winning comedian.