Robin Williams Found Dead in Apparent Suicide
The 63-year-old actor was battling depression, publicist says
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 11, 2014 6:19 PM CDT
This April 6, 2008, file photo shows actor-comedian Robin Williams speaking on stage at the "Idol Gives Back" fundraising special of "American Idol" in Los Angeles.   (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)

(Newser) – Oscar-winning actor and comedian Robin Williams was found dead today in his house in Tiburon, Calif., of a suspected suicide, says the Hollywood Reporter. Details remain sketchy, but according to a sheriff's office statement, a 911 call came in at 11:55am this morning describing a man "not breathing inside his residence." The sheriff's office and two fire departments were dispatched to the house north of San Francisco where Williams, 63, lived with his wife. Williams was "pronounced deceased" at 12:02pm, and investigators suspect "the death to be a suicide due to asphyxia." A forensic examination is expected tomorrow.

The actor's publicist said in a statement that Williams had been suffering from acute depression, the New York Times reports. He'd also been open about his past substance-abuse battles and recently admitted himself into a preventative treatment facility to confirm what his rep called his "continued commitment" to staying off drugs and alcohol, E! Online reports. Called the "funniest man alive" by Entertainment Weekly in 1997, Williams made his mark as an alien on the sitcom Mork & Mindy and went on to win the best supporting actor Oscar for his role in Good Will Hunting (1997), the LA Times reports. Widely celebrated for his improvisatory comedy, he also starred in Good Morning, Vietnam (1987), Dead Poets Society (1989), and The Fisher King (1991). (Click to see Williams' final post to Instagram: a touching family photo.)

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Aug 12, 2014 8:40 PM CDT
I tie the rope with a careful touch. A simple noose that kills and such. The kicks and moans till half past noon. It's okay, I say, it's all over soon. A timeless love, an affair so bright. Goodnight, sweet Charlie, head toward the light. From episode 4 of "The Crazy Ones". A portent perhaps ? And you can call me..................Still grieving and it still hurts.
Aug 12, 2014 2:47 PM CDT
The world lost a great man today. Someone who gave me a much needed escape in my life when I needed it most. Mr. Williams, I have laughed with you, cried with you and cheered you on. You will be missed greatly. Thank you for making my world brighter when it was dark. Making me happy when I was down. Thank you for allowing us to be a part of your life and being a part of ours. Honestly, I wish I had more than a simple thank you to express how much you meant to not only me but I am sure many, many others. Rest in peace, Mr. Robin Williams Nanu Nanu.................over and out.............
Aug 12, 2014 11:39 AM CDT
One last laugh...