Comedian actor Robin Williams committed suicide in his Northern California house Monday from an apparent suicide, reports said. He was 63.
Police said it suspects the death was a suicide due to asphyxia, but the cause of death is still under investigation.
Williams is best known for the leading role on 1993 American comedy film “Mrs. Doubtfire”. He has won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in Gus Van Sant’s “Good Will Hunting” as therapist to Matt Damon’s working class maths genius.
Robin Williams was known to millions for his performances in films that ranged from the out-and-out manic comedy of Mrs Doubtfire, to more thought-provoking fare like Dead Poets Society and The Fisher King.
Williams’ body was found in his home at Monday morning, a Marin County Sheriff’s Office spokesman said.
“This morning I lost my husband and best friend, while the world lost one of its most beloved artists and beautiful human beings. I am utterly heartbroken,” said Williams’s wife, Susan Schneider in a statement released through the actor’s publicist.
Report said Williams had recently sought treatment for depression and alcohol problems. He had battled alcohol and cocaine addiction in the 1980s but had been sober for decades.
“Robin Williams passed away this morning,” his representative Mara Buxbaum said in a statement. “He has been battling severe depression of late. This is a tragic and sudden loss. The family respectfully asks for their privacy as they grieve during this very difficult time.”