Hollywood and the world over is shocked at the loss of one of the greatest comics in history.
Robin Williams, 63, was pronounced dead after emergency personnel found him unconscious in his California home at noon today. Although an autopsy has yet to be conducted, preliminary evidence seems to suggest an apparent suicide due to asphyxia, as reported by the Marin County Sheriff’s office.
Williams’ wife Susan Schneider expressed her grief over the sudden turn of events. “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.”
According to the actor’s publicist Mara Buxbaum via Yahoo! News, Williams had been experiencing depression in the past months. Last July, Williams checked into rehab at Minnesota’s Hazelden Addiction Treatment Center for sobriety issues.
He has always been transparent about his battle with substance abuse. Back in the 1980s during his Mork and Mindy days, Williams admitted to cocaine abuse, but decided to quit after the death of fellow actor John Belushi. He also underwent treatment for alcohol abuse in 2006.
Williams has had a very colorful acting career, winning an Oscar for his touching performance as supporting actor in Good Will Hunting. He also has six Golden Globes, five Grammys, and two Emmy awards to his name.
The actor had three children — Zachary (31), Zelda (25), and Cody (22).