Robin Williams is dead at 63

Robin Williams and Sharon Osbourne

It is with great sadness that we report Oscar-winner Robin Williams is dead at the age of 63.

His publicist announced the news in 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.”

Robin’s wife, Susan Schneider, later released her own message…

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 Robin’s death, but on the countless moments of joy and laughter he gave to millions.

The Los Angles Times reports Robin died from “apparent suicide.” The Marin County Sheriff’s Department in California responded to a 911 call about an unresponsive man shortly before noon today; Robin was pronounced dead at the scene.

Marin County assistant chief deputy coroner Lt. Keith Boyd said in a statement, “At this time, the Sheriff’s Office Coroner Division suspects the death may be a suicide due to asphyxia, but a comprehensive investigation must be completed before a final determination is made.”

In July, the beloved comedian completed a stint at the Hazelden Addiction Treatment Center in Minnesota, where he his representative said he was “taking the opportunity to fine-tune and focus on his continued commitment [to sobriety].”

Robin was widely regarded to be one of the nicest, most genuine men in the entertainment business, as evidenced by his incredible friendship with Christopher Reeve and his act of kindness toward Sharon Osbourne during a health struggle.

The first of what will surely be many tributes from peers are coming in on Twitter…

Robin recently reprised his role as Theodore Roosevelt in the third installment of Night at the Museum, which is due in theaters in December. He leaves behind his wife and three children, Zelda Rae Williams, Cody Alan Williams and Zachary Pym Williams.

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