Actor/comedian Robin is dead
LOS ANGELES, USA (AFP) –— Oscar-winning actor and comedian Robin Williams died from suspected suicide yesterday after battling depression, triggering an outpouring of tributes to one of the most beloved entertainers of his generation.
The 63-year-old star of Hollywood hits such as Good Will Hunting, Good Morning Vietnam and Mrs Doubtfire was found dead at his home in Tiburon, northern California, shortly before midday, a police statement said.
"At this time, the Sheriff's Office Coroner Division suspects the death to be a suicide due to asphyxia," the statement from Marin County Sheriff's Department said.
The veteran actor's publicist said the star had been battling depression prior to his death.
"Robin Williams passed away this morning. He has been battling severe depression of late," Mara Buxbaum said in a statement.
"This is a tragic and sudden loss. The family respectfully asks for their privacy as they grieve during this very difficult time."
Heartbroken wife Susan Schneider urged the father-of-three's millions of fans to remember his genius for creating laughter.
"This morning, I lost my husband and my best friend, while the world lost one of its most beloved artist and beautiful human being," said Schneider, who became the actor's third wife when the couple married in 2011.
"I am utterly heartbroken. On behalf of Robin's family, we are asking for privacy during our time of profound grief.