Robin Williams, one of Hollywood's most loved actors and comedians, has died at the age of 63.
According to authorities, Williams was found unconscious at his home in Tiburon, California early this morning. The Marin County Sheriff's Office and Williams' rep both confirmed his death, and referenced an apparent suicide as the cause.
Williams' rep explained that he had been battling a severed bout of depression, and asked for privacy for his family. "Robin Williams passed away this morning," Williams' rep said. "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."
"On August 11, 2014, at approximately 11:55am, Marin County Communications received a 911 telephone call reporting a male adult had been located unconscious and not breathing inside his residence in unincorporated Tiburon, CA," the statement from the coroner's office read.
"The male subject, pronounced deceased at 12:02pm has been identified as Robin McLaurin Williams, a 63 year old resident of unincorporated Tiburon, CA," the statement continued. "Preliminary information developed during the investigation indicates Mr. Williams was last seen alive at his residence, where he resides with his wife, at approximately 10pm on August 10, 2014."
"Mr. Williams was located this morning shortly before the 911 call was placed to Marin County Communications," the statement added. "A comprehensive investigation must be completed before a final determination is made. A forensic examination is currently scheduled for August 12, 2014 with subsequent toxicology testing to be conducted."
Robin's wife, Susan Schneider, issued a brief statement about her husband's tragic death.
"This morning, I lost my husband and my best friend," Susan said. "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."
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