Legendary actor and comedian Robin Williams has died at the age of 63 of an apparent suicide.
Williams was pronounced dead at his home in California on Monday, according to the sheriff’s office in Marin County, north of San Francisco. The sheriff’s office said a preliminary investigation shows the cause of death to be a suicide due to asphyxia.
Williams’ rep says he had been battling severe depression.
Williams shot to fame in the late ’70s as the alien on the TV hit ‘Mork and Mindy’. He went on to conquer the big screen in comic films such as ‘Good Morning, Vietnam” and ‘Mrs. Doubtfire’. But he won his Academy Award in a serious role, as the therapist in the 1997 drama ‘Good Will Hunting’.
In a statement, Williams’ wife, Susan Schneider, writes:
“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. 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.”
Williams also leaves behind a daughter and two sons.
On Twitter, there has been an outpouring of grief mixed with love and appreciation . Here is a small sample of what people are saying:
What do 3 up and 3 down mean to you? The end of an inning--From Good Morning Vietnam. RIP Robin Williams.— Sweeny Murti (@YankeesWFAN) August 12, 2014
Could not be more devastated by the passing of the genius @robinwilliams we hope that you are up there making God laugh:(— Aly & AJ Michalka (@78Violet) August 12, 2014
I can’t believe the news about Robin Williams… One of entertainments biggest talents. So sad.— Ryan Keith Follese' (@RyanKFollese) August 12, 2014
Robin Williams cheerleading for the Denver Broncos in 1980. He did it all, RIP! pic.twitter.com/WFuwpsZG1c— Sports Pics (@TheSportPics) August 12, 2014