Tuesday, August 12 2014, 07:51 AM EDT
Comedian Robin Williams Dead in Apparent Suicide
Comedian Robin Williams, a man valued for both his improvisatory skills and acting ability, has been found dead in his home from an apparent suicide, Marin County Sheriff's Department.
"At this time, the Sheriff's Office Coroner Division suspects the death to be a suicide due to asphyxia, but a comprehensive investigation must be completed before a final determination is made," the Marin County Coroner said in a statement. "A forensic examination is currently scheduled for August 12, 2014 with subsequent toxicology testing to be conducted."
"Robin Williams passed away this morning," the actor's rep Mara Buxbaum added in a statement to ABC News. "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."
According to the Marin County Coroner, officials received a 911 call at 11:55 a.m. that Williams had been located unconscious and not breathing inside his residence in Tiburon, California. "The male subject, pronounced deceased at 12:02 p.m. has been identified as Robin McLaurin Williams."
"An investigation into the cause, manner, and circumstances of the death is currently underway by the Investigations and Coroner Divisions of the Sheriff's Office," the statement read. "Preliminary information developed during the investigation indicates Mr. Williams was last seen alive at his residence, where he resides with his wife, at approximately 10:00 pm on August 10, 2014."
The actor, who is survived by his wife, Susan Schneider, and his three adult children from his previous marriages, won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his role in "Mrs. Doubtfire" and appeared in dozens of films including "Good Morning Vietnam," "Good Will Hunting," "Dead Poets Society," and "Patch Adams."
Williams voiced the Genie in the Disney animated film "Aladdin" and again for the "King of Thieves" sequel.
President Barack Obama issued this statement upon learning of Williams' passing:
"Robin Williams was an airman, a doctor, a genie, a nanny, a president, a professor, a bangarang Peter Pan, and everything in between. But he was one of a kind. He arrived in our lives as an alien – but he ended up touching every element of the human spirit. He made us laugh. He made us cry. He gave his immeasurable talent freely and generously to those who needed it most – from our troops stationed abroad to the marginalized on our own streets. The Obama family offers our condolences to Robin’s family, his friends, and everyone who found their voice and their verse thanks to Robin Williams."