Actor Robin Williams has been found dead, Marin County Police have confirmed.
The 63-year-old’s death is suspected “suicide with asphyxia” after being found unconscious at his Los Angeles home this morning.
“Robin Williams passed away this morning,” said his publicist in a statement released earlier today. “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 also released a statement to the press, saying, “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 hoped that our focus will not be on Robin’s death, but on the countless moments of joy and laughter he gave to millions.”
The actor – nominated for three Academy Awards, eventually winning in 1997 for best supporting actor in Good Will Hunting – was also known for his roles in Mrs Doubtfire, Good Morning, Vietnam and Dead Poets’ Society. He had been poised to make a return to cross-dressing nanny Euphegenia Doubtfire for a follow-up to the 1993 hit.
Williams rose to fame in the 1970s in TV sitcom Mork & Mindy, going on to receive two Emmy Awards, four Golden Globes, two Screen Actors Guild Awards and five Grammys over the course of his 40-year career. In addition to a range of dramatic and comedic roles – most recently CBS’ The Crazy Ones with Sarah Michelle Gellar – Williams completed a series of successful stand-up tours, most recently in 2009.
Williams leaves behind his wife, Schneider, and three children from previous marriages.