Emergency personnel were called to the home when Robins was found unconscious. The Oscar-winning comedian with the infectious smile was pronounced dead at the scene. While his shocking and tragic death is still being investigated, the coroner believes he died of asphyxiation at his own hand, according to Variety.
His rep released this statement, "Robin Williams passed away this morning. He has been battling severe depression of late. This is a tragic and sudden loss. The family respectfully asks for their privacy as they grieve during this very difficult time." His rep further stated that Williams had recently entered a 12-step program for drug abuse. The actor has battled alcoholism in the past.
His wife, Susan Schneider, also released a statement. “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.”
Williams rose to fame in standup comedy which led to his breakout role as one half of the hit ABC show “Mork and Mindy” in 1978. He had a prolific television and movie career that spanned drama and comedy over five decades. He won the Best Supporting Actor Academy Award in 1197 for his role in “Good Will Hunting.” Williams returned to television last season, appearing in “The Crazy Ones” on CBS.
Other memorable roles included his stint as the cross-dressing nanny in “Mrs. Doubtfire”, the touching but manic genie in Disney’s “Aladdin” and the inspirational teacher John Keating in “Dead Poets Society.” He leaves a wife and three children.