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Comedian, actor Robin Williams passed away at age 63

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Robin Williams passed away on Monday, August 11, 2014 at the age of 63 according to News.com.

Family, friends and countless fans mourn the death of Robin Williams. So far, no official statement has been released regarding how he died, but the Marin County Coroner’s office has confirmed that they suspect it was from “suicide due to asphyxia.”

The Marin County Coroner's office released an official statement. The 911 call came into the Marin County communications at 11:55 a.m. someone reported that the adult male was not breathing inside his home. Emergency personal arrived at the scene at 12:02 p.m. identifying the victim as Robin McLaurin Williams.

Robin was last seen alive on August 10, 2014, at his home, where he was living with his wife, Susan Schneider. They had been married for three years.

According to News.com, Susan issued this statement, “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.”

Robin’s publicist gave this 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.”

Robin was a talented actor and comedian. Fans remember him from the show, “Mork and Mindy,” and his appearances on "Sesame Street." After that, he appeared in blockbuster movies like, “Good Will Hunting,” “Mrs. Doubtfire,” and “Good Morning Vietnam,” and countless Disney movies. His last featured role was in “The Face of Love.”

Robin did one other movie that wasn’t yet released. It was the third installment of “Night At The Museum: Secret of the Tomb.” which was set to be released in December of 2014.

On July 30, 2014, Robin released the trailer of his new movie on Twitter. Fox, which will release his final film, issued this statement: “There really are no words to describe the loss of Robin Williams. He was immensely talented, a cherished member of our community, and part of the Fox family. Our hearts go out to his family, friends and fans. He will be deeply missed.”

Robin’s last message on Instagram was to his daughter Zelda. He posted a picture of himself holding his young daughter, #tbt and Happy Birthday to Ms. Zelda Rae Williams! Quarter of a century old today but always my baby girl. Happy Birthday @zeldawilliams Love you!”

Robin always appeared happy and jovial, but inside, the actor fought depression. He struggled with drug and alcohol addiction. After being sober for 20 years, in early July, he took steps by to “finetune” his sobriety, by checking into rehab. In the 1988 issue of People magazine, Robin admitted to alcohol and cocaine dependency in the late 1970s and early 1980s as he rose to fame.

Two costly divorces nearly bankrupt Robin, but he seemed to take it in stride with the comment, “There are bills to pay. My life has downsized, in a good way. I’m selling the ranch up in Napa. I just can’t afford it anymore.

“Divorce is expensive. I used to joke they were going to call it ‘all the money’, but they changed it to ‘alimony’. It’s ripping your heart out through your wallet.”

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Robin's family and friends. Robin leaves behind three children. Zachary Pym born in 1983 to Robin’s first wife Valerie Velardi. His daughter Zelda Rae born in 1989 and son Cody Alan, born in 1991 to Robin’s second wife, Marsha Garces. Robin was currently married to Susan Schneider since 2011.