Comedic actor Robin Williams dead at 63

(CNN) — Comedic actor Robin Williams died at his Northern California home Monday, law enforcement officials said. Williams was 63.

Coroner investigators suspect “the death to be a suicide due to asphyxia,” according to a statement from the Marin County, California, Sheriff’s office.

“Robin Williams passed away this morning,” his media representative Mara Buxbaum told CNN.

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“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.”

Williams married graphic designer Susan Schneider in Napa Valley, California, ceremony in October 2011. Schneider sent a written statement to CNN through the representative.

“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 the focus will not be on Robin’s death, but on the countless moments of joy and laughter he gave to millions.”

Marin County deputies responded to an emergency call from Williams’ home in unincorporated Tiburon, California, at 11:55 a.m., reporting “a male adult had been located unconscious and not breathing,” the release from the sheriff said.

Williams was pronounced dead at 12:02 p.m., it said.

Williams was last seen alive at his home, where he lives with his wife, at about 10 a.m., the sheriff’s statement said.

“An investigation into the cause, manner and circumstances of the death is currently underway by the Investigations and Coroner Divisions of the Sheriff’s Office,” the sheriff’s statement said.

“Coroner Division suspects the death to be a suicide due to asphyxia, but a comprehensive investigation must be completed before a final determination is made.”

An autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday, the sheriff said.

Click here to read more from the Marin County Sheriff’s Office.

12 comments

  • Myrtle Rountree

    My thoughts and prayers are with his family, pray that they will find peace and comfort during this sad time.

  • john doe

    Just goes to show, money, fame, being a Hollywood star does not bring happiness. Also shows how wicked Hollywood is and how tormented actors really are.

    • jennifer

      I agree with john doe, every time I hear of someone committing suicide it saddens me to feel that they feel they had to take this route! Unless u have walked in the shoes of someone with depression we will never truly understand the profound effects it has on people , just wish he had the strength to try a little longer in getting help, a lot of us long to have the lives of people of hollywood but little do we know its a real monster, all that glitters isnot gold!!! A beautiful funny person who will be greatly missed!! Rest in peace and may god bring u and your family comfort

  • P Keller

    My thoughts and prayers are with robin and his family and friends. He will be greatly missed by SOOO very many. Rest in peace.

  • Anna Boyce

    So hard to believe that someone who brought so much joy and good to so many would be suffering from such deep depression. I truly hope he has found peace. My prayers go out to his family.

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