Robin Williams Dead: Hollywood Joins Family in Mourning

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Robin Williams died on Monday at the age of 63. His death was likely a suicide.

"He has been battling severe depression of late," Williams' media representative Mara Buxbaum told CNN. "This is a tragic and sudden loss. The family respectfully asks for their privacy as they grieve during this very difficult time."

According to a statement from the Marin County, California, Sheriff's office, coroner investigators suspect "the death to be a suicide due to asphyxia."

"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," Robin Williams' wife Susan Schneider said. "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 wasn't so long ago that Williams was in a rehab facility, dealing with depression and some of the issues that could have caused a relapse in his drug and alcohol recovery.

Fellow comedian and actor Steve Martin tweeted his shock at the passing of Robin Williams.

Ellen DeGeneres weighed in on the tragedy.

Former CNN host Larry King said he would he remember Williams as "a genuine caring guy. Not just a funny man, but a guy who cared about people."

Happy Days star Henry Winkler said it was "unimaginable that this is the reality today, that this incredible human being, incredible, delicate, funny, dramatic human being is gone."

Many other celebrities including Ben Stiller, Conan O'Brien, Wanda Sykes, Morgan Fairchild, Dylan McDermott, and more tweeted their sorrow over the loss of Robin Williams.

Robin Williams' big start came on TV when he starred opposite actress Pam Dawber in Mork & Mindy. The two recently reunited during an episode of Williams' most recent TV show, The Crazy Ones. His film credits are numerous and include Dead Poets Society, What Dreams May Come, Mrs. Doubtfire, Patch Adams, Insomnia, Bicentennial Man, Goodwill Hunting, and Awakenings--to name just a few.

Hollywood has indeed lost a legend, but more importantly Robin Williams' family has lost a husband and father. May they be the recipient of many prayers as well as the privacy they have asked for in order to grieve this tragedy that has befallen them.

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Kimberly Ripley
Kimberly Ripley is a freelance writer and published author from Portsmouth, New Hampshire. A wife, mom of five and 'Nana' to Lilly and Aiden, she loves cooking for her big family and watching HGTV in her spare time. Kim is guilty of starting way more home design projects than she can finish. Visit her at Twitter and Facebook.