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Robin Williams: Cause of death suicide-asphyxia

Robin Williams was found dead in his home
Robin Williams was found dead in his home

Robin Williams, comedian and actor, is dead at 63, CNN is reporting today. According to the Marin County Sheriff, Williams died sometime Monday morning. Entertainment Weekly was informed by Robin Williams long time publicist that the actor had been going through depression recently, stating that Williams "had been battling severe depression of late. This is a tragic and sudden loss," according to the publicist.

At around 12:00 p.m., police were dispatched to a home in Tiburon, California, where they found the body of a deceased white male. The male was identified as 63-year-old Robin Williams aka Robin McLaurin Williams. The cause of death has not been confirmed but seems to have been caused by asphyxia, according to MyFox-Chicago. Robin Williams' wife was the last person to see him alive at around 10:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 10.

The actor and comedian's life has been plagued with difficulties, such as alcoholism and drug abuse going back to the 1970's. In September 2013, Robin Williams stated that he was left broke due to expenses incurred during two divorce battles that he went through. "Divorce is expensive. I used to joke they were going to call it “all the money”, but they changed it to “alimony," according to the Daily Mail.

In June 2011, Robin Williams was arrested and charged with LSD possession. Williams' third wife, Susan Schneider, is said to be heartbroken over the loss of her friend and husband: "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," according to the Daily Mail. Robin Williams, a Chicago native, became famous during his time as a stand up comedian in the 1970's. The Oscar winner, also known as funnyman, is known for his unforgettable roles in A.I. Artificial Intelligence, Patch Adams, Good Will Hunting and Awakenings.