Oscar winner and comedian Robin Williams, who had been battling severe depression, died this morning at 63 from an apparent suicide, according to police report.
"Robin Williams passed away this morning. He has been battling severe depression of late. This is a tragic and sudden loss," a representative of Williams' publicist said in a statement, but would not confirm the cause. "The family respectfully asks for their privacy as they grieve during this very difficult time,"
Williams won the Oscars for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of Dr. Sean Maguire in Good Will Hunting. He was best-known for his starring roles in classic comedies Mrs. Doubtfire and Jumanji. The talented actor was scheduled to reprise his role as Theodore Roosevelt in the third installment of Fox's Night at the Museum this December.
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."
According to a press release issued by the Marin County Coronor's office, the Sheriff's office suspects the death to be "suicide due to asphyxia." The 9-1-1 phone call came in just before noon today.
Fox has issued the following statement: "There are really no words to describe the loss of Robin Williams. He was immensely talented, a cherished member of our community, and part of the Fox family. Our hearts go out to his family, friends and fans. He will be deeply missed."
A Facebook community page "RIP Robin Williams" have been created for the public to leave messages of condolences and remembrance of the beloved actor.