Oscar-winning actor and comedian Robin Williams died Monday morning (August 11) at the age of 63.
The beloved actor, known for making the world laugh and cry with his roles in “Dead Poets Society,” “Good Morning, Vietnam” “Mrs. Doubtfire” and “Good Will Hunting” — a role that earned him an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor — was pronounced dead at 12:02 p.m. at his home in Tiburon, California.
The Marin County Sheriff’s Office Coroner Division announced on its website that they believe the death to be a suicide, but clarified that “a comprehensive investigation must be completed before a final determination is made.”
“Robin Williams passed away this morning. He has been battling severe depression of late. This is a tragic and sudden loss,” his rep said in a statement to Entertainment Weekly. “The family respectfully asks for their privacy as they grieve during this very difficult time.”
“An investigation into the cause, manner, and circumstances of the death is currently underway by the Investigations and Coroner Divisions of the Sheriff’s Office,” read a statement on the Coroner’s website. “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 exam is scheduled for Tuesday, with further toxicology testing to be conducted later on.
In a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, Williams’ wife Susan Schneider wrote: “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.”
This story is developing.