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Robin Williams dead by suicide

Robin Williams' fans left tributes outside the house that was used as the exterior of his "Mork and Mindy" house..
Robin Williams' fans left tributes outside the house that was used as the exterior of his "Mork and Mindy" house..
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According to CNN and Yahoo! Celebrity, comic genius Robin Williams has died from what appears to be suicide by asphyxia. A pending autopsy will officially determine the cause of death. The 63-year old Williams was unresponsive when an emergency team was dispatched to his Tiburon, California home at about 11:55am on Monday. Williams was pronounced dead at the scene. Robin Williams' publicist disclosed that he had been suffering from severe depression. He reportedly spent some time at a rehab center this past July.

The actor had married graphic designer Susan Schneider in 2011. She issued the following statement: "This morning, 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. On behalf of Robin's family, we are asking for privacy during our time of profound grief. As he is remembered, it is our hope the focus will not be on Robin's death, but on the countless moments of joy and laughter he gave to millions."

After his beginnings as a stand-up comedian, Williams became well-known for films that include “The World According to Garp,” “Awakenings,” “The Birdcage,” and “Moscow on the Hudson.” In the 70's, he starred in the ABC sitcom, “Mork and Mindy” with actress Pam Dawber. For 20 years, Robin Williams also hosted Comic Relief along with his friends Whoopi Goldberg and Billy Crystal.

Recently, Williams had participated in several projects. He appeared in “The Angriest Man in Brooklyn,” and he co-starred with Sarah Michelle Gellar in CBS' “The Crazy Ones.” He will be the voice of Dennis the Dog in the film “Absolutely Anything,” which is scheduled to be released later this year. Also coming up is “Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb,” which should be in theaters this December. In addition, there had been talk of Williams reprising his role as the lovable “Mrs. Doubtfire” in a sequel to the original 1993 film. Robin Williams will be greatly missed.