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Actor Robin Williams dead at 63

Robin Williams found dead
Robin Williams found dead
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Actor Robin Williams reported dead at the young age of 63. The actor apparently committed suicide. His body was found early Monday. According to KTLA News 5 the Marin County Sheriff’s office confirmed that Williams is deceased. Williams was found not breathing in his home around noon today.

A CNN representative said that Robin’s had been battling severe depression. An investigation is underway. CNN also stated that the Coroner’s office said, “The death to be a suicide due to asphyxia”. Williams’ media representative, Mara Buxbaum, confirmed the death to CNN earlier today.

Buxbuam continued saying that, "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."

People magazine states that the comedian checked himself into rehab in early July of 2014. He had been battling depression, drug addiction and alcohol addiction on and off throughout his life. Williams shot to fame in the 1970’s comedy “Mork and Mindy”. He played the alien Mork who’s people aged backwards.

Williams was slated to reprise his role in a sequel for the family hit “Mrs. Doubtfire”. He is well known for his comedic roles, such as: “Night at the Museum”, “Happy Feet”, “License to Wed”, “RV”, “Flubber”, and dozens more. This reporter for one cannot fathom the death of this great actor.

Williams born in Chicago in 1951 attended one of the most prestigious drama schools in the country, Julliard. While his career began taking off, his problems seemed to soar as well. Williams became addicted to drugs early in his career. Despite setbacks Williams career continued to soar with roles in “Jumanji”, “Hook”, and “Mrs. Doubtfire”.

In 2008 he began a one man stand-up comedy show, calling his tour “Weapons of Self-Destruction”. The tour sold out, but derailed in 2009 due to health issues. He made a quick recovery and played the role of Teddy Roosevelt in “Night at the Museum”. He continued to work in roles both on and off the big screen since 2009.

Williams has three children: Zachary Pym, Zelda Rae, and Cody Alan.