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Robin Williams dead at 63 of apparent suicide: Did depression prompt final act?

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Robin Williams’s death has shocked the nation today, as news of the comedian being found dead in his home hit the media right around lunch time on Monday. Robin Williams, the man whose name is synonymous with funny and who is loved by millions around the globe, was only 63. It is believed that he ended his own life today in what is being called "an apparent suicide," which was possibly due to the great silent pain of depression, reports ABC News on August 11.

His death was announced in a statement released by his rep, Mara Buxbaum, who wrote a few words informing the world of his passing today. She released the statement to the media on Monday Aug. 11 saying, "Robin Williams passed away this morning. He has been battling severe depression of late. This is a tragic and sudden loss."

MSN News today reports that The Marin County Coroner said that Williams died of asphyxia and that a forensic examination on Williams' body is currently scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 12. While his cause of death has not been made official and won’t be until after the examination, the police were at the death scene, so if they are saying it was an apparent suicide, chances are that won’t change.

The seemingly happy-go-lucky man on the outside had been battling depression lately, said his rep. He is probably the last person you would think of ever suffering from depression, but the pain must have been excruciating for Williams to end his life.

It was back in 1978 when Williams was introduced to the world as Mork of the “Mork and Mindy” show. It was from that day on that Williams became engraved in modern-day pop culture, where he remains today.

“Mork and Mindy” was a spin-off from another big show of the ‘70s, “Happy Days.” Williams went on to win a Golden Globe Award for his role as Mork. He was nominated for a number of awards and won several for his roles in movies after he took to the big screen in the 80s. Almost everyone has a favorite Robin Williams’ character from the movies.

Whether it be “Mrs. Doubtfire,” “Good Will Hunting,” “Good Morning Vietnam” or “The Bird Cage,” just to name a few of his movies, most everyone had a favorite character that Williams played. The news of his passing has saddened the nation today.

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