Oscar-winning actor and comedian Robin Williams is dead at 63, with cause of death reported to be suicide. He apparently took his own life at his Northern California home Monday, according to law enforcement officials.
According to CNN, his media representative Mara Buxbaum said: “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.”
Robin Williams was found unconscious around 12 p.m. inside his unincorporated residence in Tiburon, according to a report by the Marin County Sheriff’s Office.
An investigation into his cause of death is underway while the coroner suspects that it was a suicide caused by asphyxiation. A forensic examination is scheduled for Tuesday.
The late actor’s wife also released a statement expressing how “utterly heartbroken” his death has left her. She further added: “This morning, I lost my husband and my best friend, while the world lost one of its most beloved artists and beautiful human beings,” she stated. “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.”