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

(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.)

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.
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)
This June 15, 2007, file photo shows actor and comedian Robin Williams posing to promote his film License to Wed in Santa Monica, Calif.
This June 15, 2007, file photo shows actor and comedian Robin Williams posing to promote his film "License to Wed" in Santa Monica, Calif.   (AP Photo/Reed Saxon, File)
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