Robin Williams Found Dead at 63, Possible Suicide
Actor Robin Williams, 63, was found dead this morning in his home in Tiburon, Calif.
"Robin Williams passed away this morning," Williams' publicist Mara Buxbaum said in a statement, noted USA Today. "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."
At 11:55 a.m. PST, a 911 caller said Williams was unconscious and not breathing inside his home, noted ABC News.
"At this time, the Sheriff’s Office Coroner Division suspects the death to be a suicide due to asphyxia, but a comprehensive investigation must be completed before a final determination is made," the Marin County Sheriff’s Office-Coroner Division said in a press release. "A forensic examination is currently scheduled for August 12, 2014 with subsequent toxicology testing to be conducted."
Williams won a Best Supporting Actor Academy Award for his role in "Good Will Hunting," and was planning to film a sequel to his hit comedy "Mrs. Doubtfire."
According to NBC Bay Area, 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."
Williams, who openly admitted to drinking and drug problems, mentioned last month that he might enter a 12-step treatment program in Minnesota.