Beloved actor and comedian Robin Williams, 63, was found dead in his home today (Monday, August 8th, 2014).
Authorities say the apparent cause of death was suicide. According to his publicist, Williams had been battling severe depression.
— Carl Quintanilla (@carlquintanilla) August 11, 2014
Williams was best known for his starring roles in classic comedies like Mrs. Doubtfire and Jumanji.
Most recently, Williams had starred in the new CBS sitcom ‘The Crazy Ones.’ It was cancelled after just one season.
Susan Schneider, the actor’s wife, released the following statement to the New York Times:
“This morning, I lost my husband and my best friend, while the world lost one if 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.”
The following was released in a press release made by the Marin County Chief Deputy:
On August 11, 2014, at approximately 11:55 am, Marin County Communicationsreceived a 9-1-1 telephone call reporting a male adult had been located unconsciousand not breathing inside his residence in unincorporated Tiburon, CA. The Sheriff’sOffice, as well as the Tiburon Fire Department and Southern Marin Fire ProtectionDistrict were dispatched to the incident with emergency personnel arriving on scene at12:00 pm. The male subject, pronounced deceased at 12:02 pm has been identified asRobin McLaurin Williams, a 63 year old resident of unincorporated Tiburon, CA.An investigation into the cause, manner, and circumstances of the death is currentlyunderway by the Investigations and Coroner Divisions of the Sheriff’s Office.Preliminary information developed during the investigation indicates Mr. Williams waslast seen alive at his residence, where he resides with his wife, at approximately 10:00pm on August 10, 2014. Mr. Williams was located this morning shortly before the 9-1-1call was placed to Marin County Communications. At this time, the Sheriff’s OfficeCoroner Division suspects the death to be a suicide due to asphyxia, but acomprehensive investigation must be completed before a final determination is made.
A forensic examination is currently scheduled for August 12, 2014.