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Robin Williams dies: Robin Williams found dead at 63, suicide due to asphyxia

Robin Williams, beloved actor, Academy Award winner and iconic comedian, was found dead Monday at the age of 63. The shocking news came Monday evening after Williams was found unresponsive around noon at his California home. A preliminary release from the Marin County Sheriff’s Office is reporting that Williams committed "suicide by asphyxia."

Writes The Associated Press on Aug. 11 via MSN News: “Robin Williams, the Academy Award winner and comic supernova whose explosions of pop culture riffs and impressions dazzled audiences for decades and made him a gleamy-eyed laureate for the Information Age, died Monday in an apparent suicide. He was 63.”

Williams, who struggled with alcohol and drug addictions in the 1980s, had recently completed a stint in rehab for his drinking and depression problems. However, alcohol was not said to be a factor in his tragic suicide.

Williams’ wife, Susan Schneider, released a statement and asked for privacy and that we remember Williams by the laughter he gifted to many.

“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,” Susan said. “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.”

Writes the AP:

His personal life was often short on laughter. He had acknowledged drug and alcohol problems in the 1970s and '80s and was among the last to see John Belushi before the "Saturday Night Live" star died of a drug overdose in 1982.

Williams announced in recent years that he was again drinking but rebounded well enough to joke about it during his recent tour. "I went to rehab in wine country," he said, "to keep my options open."

Williams is known for his outstanding comedic and dramatic characters in such roles as “Mork from Ork,” “Mrs. Doubtfire," or as the boisterous cartoon genie in "Aladdin." His filmography also earned him an Academy Award as Sean Maguire in "Good Will Hunting." His standup comedy will be remembered by all; his inability to stay seated on late-night talk shows coupled with his enormous range of hilarious, mile-a-minute impressions will be cherished always.

ABC News is carrying tweets from fellow actors and comedians as they fondly remember Williams.

Williams also played the unconventional 1950s English teacher John Keating, whose famous Latin words of “carpe diem” will undoubtedly inspire others to now seize the day.

Carpe diem. Seize the day, boys. Make your lives extraordinary.

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