robin-williams_1A short while ago, the Marin County Sheriff’s Office sent out a PDF press release confirming the death — apparently by suicide — of actor Robin Williams (release embedded below).

The link was quickly tweeted by SF Gate, making this possibly the first time the death of a huge celebrity has been broken not by CNN, not by TMZ, not by any other major old or new media news site, but by a local sheriff’s office, retweeted by a local newspaper.

Somehow, given Williams was one of the last great old school comedians, that seems oddly fitting.

RIP, Robin Williams.

Update: Reddit adds suicide prevention hotline links to Robin Williams’ AMA

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