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Actor and comedian Robin Williams found dead

Oscar winner and comedian Robin Williams has been found dead. Reports indicate the matter is being investigated as a suicide, with the coroner initially stating the cause of death was asphyxiation. Williams was found in his home in Tiburon, California.

Robin Williams
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A statement from Williams' publicist confirms the actor's death, reading as follows, “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.” According to a press release issued by the coroner’s office, the 9-1-1 phone call came in just before noon from the actor's residence. An autopsy is scheduled to take place on Tuesday.

Williams just turned 63 on July 21, and reportedly had been fighting addiction and depression.

Williams won his Oscar for "Good Will Hunting" and was in the process of filming the third installment of the comedy series, "Night at the Museum." A second installment to his hit movie "Mrs. Doubtfire" had been announced for 2015.

Williams shot to fame in the 70s with the hit comedy, "Mork and Mindy," a spinoff from the family comedy "Happy Days." Williams recently returned to the small screen with the highly-anticipated 2013 CBS comedy "The Crazy Ones" which had high expectations but fell flat, and was eventually cancelled by CBS for poor performance.

The Marin County Sheriff's Department stated that a press conference will be held on Tuesday, August 12, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. Pacific Time. The conference will be located in the Sheriff’s Office Assembly Room at 1600 Los Gamos Drive Suite #200, San Rafael, CA 94903.

More details will follow as they become available.

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