Oscar winning actor and comedian Robin Williams has died in an apparent suicide, according to reports.
Around 11:55 a.m. Monday, Marin County Sheriff’s officials said a 911 call came in about a man who was unresponsive in his home in Tiburon. When paramedics arrived, the 63-year old actor was unconscious and not breathing. Williams was pronounced dead at the scene.
An investigation into his cause of death is underway while the coroner suspects that it was a suicide caused by asphyxiation. A forensic examination is scheduled for Tuesday.
Williams “has been battling severe depression of late,” his publicist Mara Buxbaum said. “This is a tragic and sudden loss. The family respectfully asks for their privacy as they grieve during this very difficult time.”
The late actor’s wife also released a statement expressing how “utterly heartbroken” his death has left her.
“This morning, I lost my husband and my best friend, while the world lost one of its most beloved artists and beautiful human beings,” she stated. “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.”
Last month he was reported as entering into a Minnesota rehab facility to “focus on his continued commitment” to sobriety, according to his rep.
Williams had been open about his struggles with addiction after maintaining sobriety for 20 years.
He had a relapse during his 2005 filming of “The Big White” and entered a rehab a year later but was said to have maintained sobriety ever since.
Williams was nominated for an Oscar for Best Actor three times, and took home an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in 1997’s Good Will Hunting.
The beloved actor leaves behind his wife of three years, Susan Schneider, three children, and a plethora of films and stand-up skits for the world to enjoy. Our prayers go out to the family at this time.