Robin Williams. Photo by Reuters
Robin Williams, the versatile actor whose madcap comic
style made him one of television and film's biggest stars, has
been found dead at his home in Northern California. He was 63.
The Marin County Sheriff's coroner's division said it
suspected Williams committed suicide, but the cause of death
is still under investigation and an autopsy will be conducted
on Tuesday (local time).
"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," Williams's wife
Susan Schneider said in a statement.
Williams, who won an Academy Award for his supporting role as
a fatherly therapist in the 1997 drama "Good Will Hunting,"
had been suffering from severe depression recently, his
publicist Mara Buxbaum said.
Williams had struggled with addiction in the past and had
entered a Minnesota rehabilitation centre this summer to help
him maintain sobriety.
His representatives at the time said Williams was not using
drugs or alcohol but had gone to the centre to "fine-tune and
focus" his sobriety after working a longer-than-usual
The death of Williams, who had introduced his frenetic and
physical style as the quirky alien in the late 1970s TV
comedy "Mork & Mindy", shook Hollywood, and fellow actors
mourned the loss of what many called a big-hearted man and
one of the most inventive comedians of his time.
Fellow comedian Steve Martin said in a tweet: "I could not be
more stunned by the loss of Robin Williams, mensch, great
talent, acting partner, genuine soul."
THE MUCH-LOVED 'MRS DOUBTFIRE'
The Marin County Sheriff's office said it received an
emergency call about noon local time on Monday, saying that
Williams was unconscious and not breathing at his home near
Tiburon, north of San Francisco.
Williams is scheduled to appear in "Night at the Museum:
Secret of the Tomb" on December 19, playing the statue of
Teddy Roosevelt who comes to life at night. Twentieth Century
Fox, which will distribute the film, had no immediate
In April, the Hollywood Reporter said that Fox's Fox 2000
division was developing a sequel to his 1993 hit "Mrs.
Doubtfire" that would reunite Williams and director Chris
In the film, Williams played one of his most enduring roles
as a struggling actor and divorced father who assumes the
identity of a British nanny to be closer to his children.
The actor was most recently in the CBS television comedy "The
Crazy Ones," which was cancelled in May after one season.
Williams, who was born in Chicago in 1951 and grew up in
suburban Detroit, was as skilled at comedic riffing as he was
as a dramatic actor, earning four Academy Award nominations,
the first for his portrayal of US Army DJ Adrian Cronauer
during the Vietnam War in "Good Morning, Vietnam."
He also earned nominations for the 1990 coming-of-age prep
school drama "Dead Poets Society" and "The King Fisher" in
1991 in which he plays a homeless man who helps save a
suicidal radio host.
Williams' final tweet was posted on July 31. He wished his
daughter Zelda a happy 25th birthday.
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