In a heartbreaking turn of events, comedian Robin Williams was found dead Monday at the age of 63.
Marin County police are reporting that the Oscar-winning actor and comic legend died of an apparent suicide at his home in California. Though police believe he killed himself, a full investigation is ongoing.
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According to televised reports from CNN entertainment correspondent Nischelle Turner, Williams had been battling a serious and ongoing case of depression. He also battled drug addiction and alcoholism for more than 20 years and spoke publicly about his struggles. Williams attended rehab several times throughout his life, including his most recent stint in July 2014.
Back in 2009, Williams was hospitalized and underwent surgery for heart problems. He said the experience made him feel "vulnerable," but that he found that to be an overall good thing.
Dispatchers received a 911 call at 11:55 am PST on August 11. The caller reported a male adult had been found unconscious and not breathing inside a residence. Emergency responders arrived within minutes of 911 call, but Williams was pronounced dead at the scene. According to TMZ, authorities suspect asphyxiation to be the cause of death, though an autopsy is pending.
CNN reports Williams was last seen alive at his home around 10 pm on August 10.
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Our most sincere thoughts and deepest condolences go out to the family, friends and fans of Robin Williams. Williams is survived by his wife and three adult children. Industry friends such as Ellen DeGeneres and Whoopi Goldberg are said to be in shock; Goldberg was "unable to speak" upon hearing the news, according to a rep.
From his hit TV show "Mork and Mindy" to his most memorable movies, such as "Good Morning, Vietnam" and "Mrs. Doubtfire," Mr. Williams was truly a one-of-a-kind performer. He was also, according to Larry King, "a genuine, caring guy." Indeed, he was. Through Comic Relief, Williams and other comedians helped raise over $50 million for charity.
You will be missed, sir. Thank you for all the years of laughter and, of course, the love and kindness you embodied. May you truly rest in peace.
If you or someone you love are struggling with depression, self-harm or thoughts of suicide, consult the National Suicide Prevention website here for information that may help. If you feel you or others are in danger, call 911 immediately.