Robin Williams is dead, of apparent suicide. News broken by Marin Sheriff website and Twitter

By Paul Carr , written on August 11, 2014

From The News Desk

A 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