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Robin Williams dead at 63 from apparent suicide

Oscar winner Robin Williams dead at 63.
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Today The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that Academy Award winning actor Robin Williams has died from an apparent suicide by asphyxiation. Williams publicist, ID Public Relations, stated that he recently had been battling severe depression. Williams has also battled substance-abuse in the past, including an addiction to cocaine and alcoholism. He was hospitalized in March 2009 due to heart problems. Although Williams was sober for 20 years, he found himself drinking again, and checked himself into rehab in 2009.

Williams garnered his Oscar win for portraying Dr. Sean Maguire in 'Good Will Hunting'. He also earned Oscar nominations for 'The Fisher King,' 'Dead Poets Society,' and 'Good Morning, Vietnam'. Williams first came into prominence when he played the role of Mork in the popular 'Happy Days' spinoff television series 'Mork & Mindy'.

Robin Williams was born on July 21, 1951 in Chicago, Illinois. He grew up in the community of Bloomfield Hills, Michigan and later in Marin County, California. Williams was accepted into the freshman class at the Juilliard School in 1973, and was one of two students that were accepted into the Advanced Program at the school.

Williams was married three times, most recently to Susan Schneider on October 23, 2011. He is survived by his children from his two previous marriages, Zachary Pym, Zelda Rae, and Cody Alan. Williams lost his older brother Robert Todd Williams on August 14, 2007 of complications from heart surgery performed a month earlier.