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Robin Williams Dead of Suspected Suicide at the Age of 63

Mon, 11 Aug 2014 23:18:53 +0000

ABC/Randy Holmes(MARIN COUNTY, Calif.) -- Actor and comedian Robin Williams is dead of a suspected suicide at the age of 63.

According to a release from the Marin County Sheriff's Office in California, a 911 call made Monday morning at approximately 11:55 a.m. reported that a male adult -- Williams -- was found unconscious and not breathing inside his home in Tiburon. Shortly afterward, emergency personnel arrived on the scene. Williams was pronounced dead at 12:02 p.m.

The Sheriff's Office Coroner Division suspects the death to be a suicide due to asphyxia, but an investigation into the cause of Williams' death is ongoing.

Williams' rep said in a statement obtained by ABC News, "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."

Williams' wife, Susan Schneider, said in a 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 the focus will not be on Robin's death, but on the countless moments of joy and laughter he gave to millions."

It was announced in early July that Williams had entered a rehab facility to help maintain his sobriety. Previously, he had reportedly struggled with cocaine and alcohol addiction.

During his accomplished career, Williams was nominated for an Oscar four times, winning the best supporting actor prize in 1998 for his performance in Good Will Hunting. He most recently starred in the CBS comedy The Crazy Ones, which was cancelled earlier this year after one season.


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