Robin Williams dead: Actor dies in apparent suicide

Robin Williams is dead. The Oscar-winning actor and comedian died in an apparent suicide at his California residence. He was 63.

Robin Williams
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The multi-awarded actor was reportedly found unconscious in his home near Tiburon, north of San Francisco, at around 11:55 a.m. on Monday, August 11, 2014.

The Marin County Sheriff's Office told media it received an emergency call saying that Williams was unconscious and not breathing.

The coroner's division suspects the death was a suicide due to asphyxia, a condition of severely deficient supply of oxygen to the body that arises from abnormal breathing.

However, the cause of his death is under investigation. A postliminary toxicology test and forensic examination has been scheduled for Tuesday, August 12.

Williams' wife, graphic designer Susan Schneider, said in an official 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."

According to his publicist, Mara Buxbaum, the actor-comedian was "battling severe depression" recently. She would not confirm reports that Williams committed suicide.

The prized actor, who struggled with addiction in the past, checked himself in to a Minnesota rehabilitation center last July to help him maintain sobriety, a Reuters report published on Yahoo! Celebrity News stated.

Robin Williams rose to fame via the TV series Mork & Mindy which aired from 1978 to 1982. His movie career included films as Good Morning, Vietnam (1987), Dead Poets Society (1989), Awakenings (1990), The Fisher King (1991), Good Will Hunting (1997), Popeye (1980), Hook (1991), Aladdin (1992), Mrs. Doubtfire (1993), Jumanji (1995), The Birdcage (1996), Night at the Museum (2006), and Happy Feet (2006).

He was nominated thrice for the Academy Award for Best Actor and received an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Good Will Hunting (1997).

Williams also received two Emmy Awards, four Golden Globes, two Screen Actors Guild Awards and five Grammy Awards.