Oscar winning actor and comedian Robin Williams died this morning at the age of 63.
The actor’s body was found in his home in California after the Marin County Police Department answered a 911 call. They said in a press release that they found his body “unconscious and not breathing” around 11:55 am Pacific Time.
His publicist released a statement that said: “Robin Williams passed away this morning. He had 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”.
Williams was very open about his struggles with drugs and alcohol addiction. For the past two decades the actor was in and out of rehab, most recently he was struggling with depression and had heart surgery in 2009.
Considered a legend in the comedy world, Williams won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his role in the movie “Good Will Hunting” in 1997 where he showed his serious side. The actor was known for his infectious energy, he was electric and a master at improvising and impersonating John Wayne among other characters.
He will be remembered for his iconic role on the TV show “Mork and Mindy” where he played an alien. He leaves behind a tremendous body of work in film including the comedy “Mrs. Doubtfire” and cult classics such as “Good Morning Vietnam”, “Dead Poets Society” and “The Fisher King”.
His wife Susan Schneider said about the loss: “This morning, I lost my husband and my best friend, while the world lost one of its most beloved artist and beautiful human beings, I am utterly heartbroken. She also added: “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”.
RIP funny man Robin Williams 1951-2014.