According to ABC News on Monday, Robin Williams was found dead of a suspected suicide at the age of 63. Mara Buxbaum, his rep gave ABC News a statement that the Oscar-winning actor and comedian died this morning in his home in Tiburon, California.
People magazine says the well-known celebrity has been battling severe depression lately. The talented star checked himself into rehab in early July after battling alcohol and drug addiction throughout his life.
The Sheriff's Office Coroner Division reports that the death might be a suicide due to asphyxia, but a comprehensive investigation must be completed before a final determination is made. More information will be forthcoming after a forensic examination is done that is scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 12. Also, subsequent toxicology testing is to be performed.
This is a tragic loss for Williams' family, friends and fans. His wife Susan Schneider said in a 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."
People magazine says the family respectfully asks for their privacy as they grieve during this very difficult time. The family is hoping that the focus will not be on Williams' death, but on the countless moments of joy and laughter he gave to millions.
The entire nation is touched by this tragic death. President Barack Obama issued this statement: "Robin Williams was an airman, a doctor, a genie, a nanny, a president, a professor, a bangarang Peter Pan and everything in between. But he was one of a kind. He arrived in our lives an alien – but he ended up touching every element of the human spirit."
The President also reminded us of Williams' willingness to entertain the troops stationed abroad and those marginalized on our own streets.
Celebrities are expressing their condolences on social media about the 1978 star of "Mork & Mindy" and "Mrs. Doubtfire" that Williams had talked about starring in a sequel to the popular movie.
Robin Williams made the world laugh, now we mourn his death.