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Robin Williams found dead in apparent suicide

LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 22: Actor Robin Williams speaks onstage during the 65th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on September 22, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images

American actor Robin Williams was pronounced dead at his residence located just north of San Francisco in an apparent suicide due to asphyxiation, a statement obtained by said Monday.

He was pronounced dead at 12:02 p.m. Monday just minutes after emergency crews arrived at his home in Tiburon, CA, to find him unconscious and not breathing.

“At this time, the Sheriff’s Office suspects the death to be a suicide due to asphyxia but a comprehensive investigation must be completed before a final determination is made,” the statement read.

The Marin County Sheriff’s Office Coroner Division said Williams was located at 11:55 AM after being last seen on Sunday at his residence, where he lived with his wife, around 10 PM.

The actor, who died just weeks after marking his 63rd birthday on July 21, checked into rehab last month to focus on his continued sobriety but not for falling off the wagon, reported. TMZ, however, reported that alcohol “was an issue” just prior to the stars death on Monday but it was unclear whether it contributed to his apparent suicide.

His last tweet was on July 31, wishing his daughter Zelda Rae Williams a happy 25th birthday. He posted an Instagram picture of him and his daughter when she was much younger.

His career spanned more than three decades and he will be remembered primarily as a film actor, known best for Good Will Hunting in 1997 when he won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor. In 1992, Williams kicked-off his Broadway acting career with Robin Williams: Live on Broadway.

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his wife Laureen expressed condolences on Twitter on news of the actors death. In an online Q&A in 2013, Williams called Canada “The kindest country in the world.”

“You are like a really nice apartment over a meth lab,” he added.

Reaction following the news of his death spread around the world from Hollywood to Los Angeles to Germany, where fans translated his snappy one-liners in tribute on Tuesday. US President Barack Obama called Williams "One of a kind," in a statement while offering condolences to the Williams family.

"There wasn’t anybody Robin Williams couldn’t touch," said Secretary of State John Kerry. "We will all miss Robin’s uncanny impressions, zany observations, and cutting-edge quips that found the truth as well as the humor."

Prince Charles released a statement Tuesday calling Williams a "remarkable man, whose wonderfully frenetic humour brought a special kind of laughter."

An autopsy and toxicology tests are scheduled for Tuesday, officials said. A press conference by the Marin County Sheriff’s Office coroner has been scheduled later at 11 AM.

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