SAN RAFAEL, Calif. (AP) — Oscar-winner Robin Williams, whose free-form comedy and adept impressions dazzled audiences for decades, has died in an apparent suicide. He was 63.

The Marin County Sheriff’s Office says Williams was pronounced dead at his home in California on Monday. The sheriff’s office says a preliminary investigation shows the cause of death to be a suicide due to asphyxia.

Williams shot to fame in the late ’70s as the alien in TV’s “Mork and Mindy.” He conquered the big screen in comic films such as “Good Morning, Vietnam” and “Mrs. Doubtfire.” But he won his Academy Award in a serious role — as the therapist in “Good Will Hunting.”

His performing style was at its purest in his standup act, as he impersonated a Russian immigrant or parodied anyone from John Wayne to Keith Richards.

Willams’ wife, Susan Schneider, released a statement today that read:

“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. 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.”

The full press release from the Marin Country police department can be read here. 

Tweets poured in from celebrity fans, actors and colleagues in response to Williams’ passing.

 

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15 thoughts on “Actor Robin Williams Dead at Age 63 from Apparent Suicide

  1. redbone1954 on said:

    Very sad to hear this I loved Robin Williams comedy he was truly a comic genius and will be greatly missed I pray for his family at this difficult time. Depression is such a horrible disease and often it leads people to this horrible end RIP Robin maybe now he is at peace

  2. Naomi Wade Kent, OH on said:

    Love to watch him all of his many movies my best ones was him becoming a doctor who cheered all with the clown nose plus Goodmorning Vietnam you will be truely missed RIP Mr Robin Williams

  3. My heart is very heavy, at the passing of Robin Williams.So much is going on in this world.You never know, what’s going on,on people’s mind. We need to pray more! He will be sorely missed! I pray he is at peace. R.I.P. Robin….

  4. Wow. I can’t express how sad I feel at hearing of his passing. ROBIN WILLIAMS was one of the great ones and one of the nicest comedians around. His spirit will be missed.

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