OSCAR winning actor Robin Williams – best known for bringing a smile to the face of millions around the world – has been found dead in his home, aged 63.
Police were the first to confirm the death, saying the actor was discovered “unconscious and not breathing inside his residence” in Tiburon, California.
“The Sheriff’s Office Coroner Divison suspects the death to be a suicide due to asphyxia,” the police report said.
ARTICLE CONTINUES AFTER THIS ADVERTISEMENT
His publicist Mara Buxbaum issued a statement shortly after.
“Robin Williams passed away this morning,” the statement read.
“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.”
Williams’ wife, Susan Schneider said she was “utterly heartbroken” in a statement released this morning.
“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,” her statement read.
“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.”
Williams is best known for his roles in Good Will Hunting, Dead Poets Society, Aladdin, and Jumanji.
An investigation into his death is now underway.
Support is available for those who may be distressed by phoning Lifeline 13 11 14; Kids Helpline 1800 551 800.