Actor Robin Williams passed away at his Northern California home on Monday morning of an apparent suicide. Williams was 63-years-old.
The assistant chief deputy coroner of Marin County said in a statement that the 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 scheduled for Tuesday with subsequent toxicology testing to be conducted.
Williams’ publicist released the following 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.”
Williams, who won an Academy Award for Good Will Hunting, recently signed on to reprise his role as Mrs. Doubtfire in the sequel to the 90’s hit. Robin was also set to reprise his role in the third installment of Night at the Museum this December.
The actor’s wife, Susan Schneider also released a statement on Monday expressing her devastation following the death of her husband.
“This morning I lost my husband and my best friend, while the world lost one of its most beloved artists and beautiful human beings. 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 that 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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