Actor/comedian Robin Williams, 63, found dead of apparent suicide
Marin County Sheriff’s Office officials say they were called to Williams’ home in Tiburon just after noon Monday.
Williams was found unconscious and not breathing at the home, the Sheriff’s Office stated. He was pronounced dead two minutes after first responders arrived.
The death was initially suspected to be a “suicide due to asphyxia,” according to the Sheriff’s Office Coroner Division. Williams was last been seen alive at the home at 10 p.m. Sunday, a preliminary investigation showed.
A forensic examination has been scheduled for August 12.
“Robin Williams passed away this morning,” Williams’ media representative Mara Buxbaum said in a short statement. “He has been battling severe depression of late. This is a tragic and sudden loss.”
Williams’ wife of less than three years, Susan Schneider, issued a written 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,” 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.”
A standup comedian, Williams initially gained fame for his role in the “Happy Days” spin-off “Mork & Mindy,” which aired in the late 1970s and early 1980s.
President Barack Obama extended his family’s condolences in a statement.
“Robin Williams was an airman, a doctor, a genie, a nanny, a president, a professor, a bangarang Peter Pan, and everything in between. But he was one of a kind,” Obama said. “He arrived in our lives as an alien – but he ended up touching every element of the human spirit. He made us laugh. He made us cry. He gave his immeasurable talent freely and generously to those who needed it most – from our troops stationed abroad to the marginalized on our own streets.”