It’s seemingly almost incredulous that we were hearing that Robin Williams was found dead by his personal assistant at about 11:55 a.m. on the 11th of August, 2014 and pronounced dead by first responders at about 12:04 p.m.. There was to be an autopsy done and was reportedly done. An official statement was made about his death as well as preliminary reports from autopsy results. Now, we are hearing that it’s been confirmed that he had been cremated, ashes scattered over the San Francisco Bay, a funeral done and over with on the 12th of August.
Most of us would respect the family’s wishes to hold a private funeral for him and perhaps, not inform the world about the details. However, what remains in question is the idea that he was found dead near noon on the 11th, an autopsy took place, cremation and, a private funeral services and ashes spread, the very next day. That’s all been done less than or around 24 hours after finding him. His death certificate stated that his ashes were spread over the bay and the funeral had taken place on the 12th of August in Monte’s Chapel of the Hills in San Anselmo
How? Why so quick?
I have no answers to the above questions but, it raises questions on all of this and how quickly it all took place.
Within 24 hours or, perhaps less, Williams had been autopsied, cremated, funeral and ashes scattered. It almost appears as though the family had known wishes or this was pre-planned by perhaps, even Williams, himself.
According to news sources, Williams’ Death Certificate (as of August 20th) was issued, still listing the cause of death as “under investigation”.
This leaves the public, whom loved him, left gasping at the idea that there was no public form or ability with which to put closure to his death. The world was waiting for funeral arrangements or some type of memorial plans to be revealed. It came as quite the shock and, probably best put in words, as a “kick in the teeth” that not only had he died but, within 24 hours or less, all of the above had taken place and, no future plans announced for a more public memorial.
From my little corner of life, something isn’t being said or told to the public about a man the public adored. There are no words to describe the grief and shock of his death but, more to the point, there are no words to express the shock that his funeral had already taken place. There is a lot we don’t know about all of this and, while we have no “right” to know, it would certainly be a courtesy to Williams’ fans and the public to know.