Comedian Robin Williams died suddenly on Monday morning inside his residence in California, according to his wife and publicist. Police say it appears to have been a suicide. Coroner investigators suspect "the death to be a suicide due to asphyxia," according to a statement from the Marin County, California, Sheriff's office.
Susan Schneider, the actor's wife, released the following statement to the New York Times' Dave Itzkoff: "This morning, I lost my husband and my best friend, while the world lost one if 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 that the focus will not be on Robin's death but on the countless moments of joy and laughter he gave to millions."
"Robin Williams passed away this morning," rep Mara Buxbaum said in a statement."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 first rose to fame as a standup comic 1970s with a manic improvisational style. He first was on "Happy Days" and then an alien on its popular spin-off, "Mork & Mindy," from 1978 to 1982.
He was known for his classic comedies like Mrs. Doubtfire.
Williams had critically praised "serious" acting performances in films like "Dead Poets Society" and "Good Will Hunting," for which he was given an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor.
Most recently Robin was in one of my favorite news shows a CBS sitcom called 'The Crazy Ones.' It was cancelled after just one season (I hope this wasn't why he was depressed). :(