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Renowned actor Robin Williams dead at 63

Reports indicate actor Robin Williams, 63, was found dead in his northern California home.
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Renowned actor Robin Williams was found dead in his home on Aug. 11, 2014 in unincorporated Tiburon, Calif., according to NBC Bay Area. The local news media outlet tweeted the Marin County Sheriff’s Office is investigating his death and that suicide is suspected. He was 63.

NBC reports that Williams’ press representative, Mara Buxbaum, released a statement saying the actor had lost a battle with severe depression, noting his death with a “tragic and sudden loss.” She also requested his family’s privacy be respected.

The report also indicates that Williams’ wife, Susan Schneider, who married the actor in 2011, also issued a statement, which read, “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.”

According to The Dallas Morning News, the Marin County Coroner’s Office announced Williams’ death is believed to be “suicide due to asphyxia.” However, further investigation must take place before the coroner makes a final determination on his death, the office announced in a news release. It also stated a forensic examination will take place on Tuesday “with subsequent toxicology testing to be conducted,” The Dallas Morning News reports.

In July ABC News reported Williams had checked into rehab to maintain his sobriety. His representative had released a statement saying he had not relapsed, but needed to “fine-tune and focus” after “working back-to-back projects.” According to ABC, Williams once told “Good Morning America” that he had struggled with cocaine and alcohol addiction in the 1980s, but became sober after John Belushi died in 1982 of a drug overdose. He noted that after he started drinking again in 2006, he sought help for the problem.

Williams was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor three times, and won an Oscar for his performance in a supporting role in the 1997 feature film, “Good Will Hunting.” He recently made a return to television when he starred in the CBS show “The Crazy Ones.” Williams is survived by his wife and three children.

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