Comedian and actor Robin Williams has died at the age of 63. Police found his body in his Tiburon, California home early Monday. The initial cause of death is suspected to be the result of suicide.
In addition to being one of Hollywood’s biggest stars, due in part to his roles in such films as Mrs. Doubtfire, Hook, Good Will Hunting, and Dead Poets Society, Williams was a celebrated stand-up comedian. He released six albums between 1979 and 2010, and his tours shattered many financial and attendance records.
Williams’ publicist said in a statement: “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.”
Marvin County Sherrif’s Department also issued a statement:
On August 11, 2014, at approximately 11:55 am, Marin County Communicationsreceived a 9-1-1 telephone call reporting a male adult had been located unconsciousand not breathing inside his residence in unincorporated Tiburon, CA. The Sheriff’sOffice, as well as the Tiburon Fire Department and Southern Marin Fire ProtectionDistrict were dispatched to the incident with emergency personnel arriving on scene at12:00 pm. The male subject, pronounced deceased at 12:02 pm has been identified asRobin McLaurin Williams, a 63 year old resident of unincorporated Tiburon, CA.
An investigation into the cause, manner, and circumstances of the death is currentlyunderway by the Investigations and Coroner Divisions of the Sheriff’s Office.Preliminary information developed during the investigation indicates Mr. Williams was last seen alive at his residence, where he resides with his wife, at approximately 10:00 pm on August 10, 2014. Mr. Williams was located this morning shortly before the 9-1-1 call was placed to Marin County Communications. 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. A forensic examination is currently scheduled for August 12, 2014 with subsequent toxicology testing to be conducted.