TIBURON, Calif. (AP) — Actor and comedian Robin Williams was found dead Monday in his northern California home, in what was suspected to be a suicide.
Marin County, California officials said around 11:55 a.m. Pacific Time, county officials were dispatched to Williams’ home in the unincorporated community of Tiburon, California.
Williams, 63, was pronounced dead a few minutes later.
An investigation into the cause and manner of Williams’ death was under investigation Monday evening.
Preliminary information indicated that Williams was last seen alive at his home, where he lives with his wife, around 10 a.m. Sunday.
The Marin County Sheriff’s Office Coroner Division said the cause of death is suspected to be suicide by asphyxia. But a comprehensive investigation must be conducted before any final determination.
A forensic investigation will be conducted on Tuesday.
Mara Buxbaum, Williams’ press representative, released a statement Monday evening.
“Robin Williams passed away this morning,” He has been battling severe depression of late.
This is a tragic and sudden loss,” Buxbaum wrote. “The family respectfully asks for their privacy as they grieve during this very difficult time.”
Williams’ wife, Susan Schneider, also expressed her grief in a statement.
“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,” she wrote. “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.”
CBS also released the following official statement:
“Our world has lost a comic genius, a gifted actor and a beautiful man. We will remember Robin Williams as one of the unique talents of his time who was loved by many, but also as a kind, caring soul, who treated his colleagues and co-workers with great affection and respect. Our heartfelt thoughts and sympathies go out to his family, loved ones and friends.”