MARIN COUNTY, Calif. — Actor Robin Williams was found dead in his California home on Monday. He was 63.
Williams’ wife confirmed the news in 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. 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 Robins’ death, but on the countless moments of joy and laughter he gave to millions.”
A representative for the actor issued a 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.”
“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 media representative Mara Buxbaum told CNN.
The Marin County Sheriff’s Office said the 911 call came in around 11:55 a.m. PT on Monday.
The caller reported a “male adult had been located unconscious and not breathing inside his residence in unincorporated Tiburon, California.”
Officials responded and found the male unconscious. He was pronounced dead at 12:02 p.m.
The sheriff’s office said the investigation is underway, however preliminary information suggests the death was a suicide.
“At this time, the Sheriff’s Office Coroner Division suspects the death to be a suicide due to asphyxia, but a comprehensive investigation must be completed before a final determination is made. A forensic examination is currently scheduled for August 12, 2014 with subsequent toxicology testing to be conducted.”