Robin Williams Found Dead, Aged 63
Hollywood in mourning as Oscar-winning actor dies at his California home...
Oscar-winning actor Robin Williams has been found dead at his California home.
According to Sky News, the Marin County Sheriff’s Department confirmed that the 63-year-old had died on Monday (11 August) from a suspected suicide, though the cause of death has yet to be confirmed.
Confirming news of the star’s death, Williams’ publicist said yesterday: “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.”
Williams started out in stand-up comedy, and shot to fame in the 1970s TV comedy series Mork And Mindy. He went on to make audiences laugh in movies such as Mrs Doubtfire and more recently Night At The Museum, as well taking on serious roles in Dead Poets Society, Good Morning Vietnam and Good Will Hunting - for which he won an Oscar.
Frequently described as a comic genius, Williams had battled drug and alcohol addiction during his career, as well as depression.
His wife, Susan Schneider spoke of her “profound grief”, and issued a statement to say: “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.”
She added: “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.”
Our thoughts are with his family.