Beloved actor Robin Williams was found dead in his home Monday morning, August 11, at the age of 63. According to the Sheriff's Office Coroner Division, the cause of death is suspected to be "suicide due to asphyxia," but further investigation is needed before a final determination can be made.
While his publicist won't comment on the nature of his death, a rep for the Oscar-winner released a statement saying that he has been battling "severe depression" recently. It said, "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."
This loss is so sudden and heartbreaking. Robin Williams has been a fixture in many of our lives, making us laugh and think and cry and just appreciate life in roles in everything from Mork and Mindy to Good Morning, Vietnam to Mrs. Doubtfire to Good Will Hunting.
The actor's most recent project was the reprisal of Theodore Roosevelt in the third installment of Night at the Museum, out in theaters next December.
Williams' wife, Susan Schneider, made the following statement:
This morning, I lost my husband and my best friend, while the world lost one of its most beloved artists and beautiful human beings. I am utterly heartbroken. On behalf of Robin's family, we are asking for privacy during our time of profound grief. As he is remembered, it is our hope that the focus will not be on Robin's death but on the countless moments of joy and laughter he gave to millions.
Williams' death is a hard blow that will be felt by many who loved him, both personally and on screen. He has spanned decades with his impact and touched more lives with his humor and charisma than he could ever know.
He will be greatly missed.
In honor of his wife's request to remember the "joy and laughter he gave to millions," what's your favorite Robin Williams character?
UPDATE: I na press conference Tuesday, authorities in Marin County, California, confirmed that Robin Williams' cause of death was suicide by asphyxiation. He was found late Monday morning by his assistant, "clothed, slightly suspended in a seated position," with a belt around his neck. The other end of the belt was reportedly in the closet, and the late actor also had several acute yet superficial cuts on his left wrist.
Please call 1-800-273-8255 to reach the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline in case you are worried about yourself or someone else.
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