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Robin Williams dead at 63

Robin Williams
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Monday afternoon, the internet exploding with the news that Robin Williams has died from an apparent suicide, reports NBC News.

Robin McLauren Williams, 63, became well-known as an actor when he appeared on the TV show Happy Days as a character called Mork, that led to the TV show Mork & Mindy in 1978. From there he appeared in countless movies.

Williams was born on July 21, 1951 in Chicago and was a great-great-grandson of Mississippi Governor and Senator Anselm J. McLaurin. Robin studied political science before enrolling at Julliard School to study theater. He was discovered for the role of Mork at a nightclub where he was performing comedy.

He received an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in Good Will Hunting in 1997.

Authorities responded to a call to his home on Paradise Drive in Tiburon just before noon on Monday. After receiving a 9-1-1 telephone call reporting a male adult had been located unconscious and not breathing inside his residence in unincorporated Tiburon, CA.

He was last seen alive by his wife around 10 p.m. the night before.

The Marin County Sheriff's Deputies found him unconscious and not breathing. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

An investigation into the cause, manner, and circumstances of the death is currently underway by the Investigations and Coroner Divisions of the Sheriff’s Office, although the Division suspected the death to be a suicide due to asphyxia, but "a full investigation must be done before a final determination is made," according to the media release.