Academy Award-winning actor Robin Williams was found dead Monday morning just before noon. He was 63.
His wife, Susan Schneider, released a statement through his publicist. "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," she said.
"On behalf of Robin's family, we are asking for privacy during our time of profound grief," the message continued. "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."
Robin Williams died this morning, his publicist confirms. Statement from his wife Susan Schneider: pic.twitter.com/YS0WbTd3oO— Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) August 11, 2014
The actor, known for roles in Good Will Hunting, Aladdin, Jumanji, Dead Poets Society, and many, many more, was found in his California residence. Officials are still investigating the death, but have cited "asphyxia" as the apparent cause of death.
Fans have flocked to the actor's Instagram to mourn. He had last tweeted a message to his daughter, Zelda Rae Williams, on her 25th birthday, July 31.
Williams had publicly battled with depression and addiction. The Mork & Mindy star returned to television last year in The Crazy Ones, but the show was cancelled after its first season. He reentered rehab last month "to fine-tune and focus on his continued commitment, of which he remains extremely proud."
I could not be more stunned by the loss of Robin Williams, mensch, great talent, acting partner, genuine soul.— Steve Martin (@SteveMartinToGo) August 11, 2014
No! Robin Williams you were so loved.— mia farrow (@MiaFarrow) August 11, 2014
Shocked by the news of Robin Williams passing. Rest in peace my friend— Albert Brooks (@AlbertBrooks) August 11, 2014
Robin Williams has died and I am very sad. From every comedian here at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, we salute him & we say goodbye— Eddie Izzard (@eddieizzard) August 11, 2014
Oh Robin...Our hearts are broken. Rest in peace darling. We loved you.— Goldie Hawn (@goldiehawn) August 11, 2014
President Obama has released a statement saying, "He ended up touching every element of the human spirit."
president obama put out a statement on Robin Williams pic.twitter.com/QhHaF8nbmM— Sam Stein (@samsteinhp) August 12, 2014
Below, the complete police report:
On August 11, 2014, at approximately 11:55 am, Marin County Communications received a 9-1-1 telephone call reporting a male adult had been located unconscious and not breathing inside his residence in unincorporated Tiburon, CA. The Sheriff’s Office, as well as the Tiburon Fire Department and Southern Marin Fire Protection District were dispatched to the incident with emergency personnel arriving on scene at 12:00 pm. The male subject, pronounced deceased at 12:02 pm has been identified as Robin McLaurin Williams, a 63 year old resident of unincorporated Tiburon, CA.
An investigation into the cause, manner, and circumstances of the death is currently underway by the Investigations and Coroner Divisions of the Sheriff’s Office. Preliminary information developed during the investigation indicates Mr. Williams was last seen alive at his residence, where he resides with his wife, at approximately 10:00 pm on August 10, 2014. Mr. Williams was located this morning shortly before the 9-1-1 call was placed to Marin County Communications. 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.
This article is from the archive of our partner The Wire.