Robin Williams has died aged 63 from an apparent suicide. The Oscar-winning star of Good Will Hunting was found dead at his California home on Monday morning.
A statement made by the assistant chief deputy coroner of Marin County, reported by Time, has revealed the cause of death to be “suicide due to asphyxia” and advised “a comprehensive investigation must be completed before a final determination is made”.
Confirming the news in a statement yesterday, his publicist said: “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 privacy as they grieve during this very difficult time.”
The actor’s wife Susan Schneider also released a 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. 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 that the focus will not be on Robin’s death, but on the countless moments of joy and laugher he gave to millions.”
Wiliams found fame in TV show Mork & Mindy which ran from 1978 to 1982 and through his work as a stand-up comedian.
A diverse range of film roles included memorable turns in Good Morning Vietnam, Dead Poet’s Society, Terry Gilliam’s The Fisher King and One Hour Photo.
The Chicago-born Wiliams won the 1998 Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his role alongside Matt Damon in Good Will Hunting.
The White House issued this statement from President Obama:
“Robin Williams was an airman, a doctor, a genie, a nanny, a president, a professor, a bangarang Peter Pan and everything in between. But he was one of a kind. He arrived in our lives as an alien – but he ended up touching every element of the human spirit. He made us laugh. He made us cry.
“He gave his immeasurable talent freely and generously to those who needed it most – from our troops stationed abroad to the marginalised on our own streets. The Obama family offers our condolences to Robin’s family, his friends, and everyone who found their voice and their verse thanks to Robin Williams.”