According to the Marin County Sheriff’s Office, famous comedian Robin Williams was found dead in his own home on Monday. The department’s coroner division suspects he committed suicide.
Just before noon on Monday, police received a 9-1-1 call saying a man had been found unconscious and not breathing inside his own home in Tiburon, California. Police and fire personnel rushed to the home and got there at 12 p.m.
Robin McLaurin Williams, 63, was pronounced dead at 12:02 p.m.
The cause, manner, and circumstances of the death is currently under investigation by police.
Williams was last seen alive at his home, where he lives with his wife, at around 10 p.m. the night before. He was found by the 9-1-1 caller only minutes before the phone call was made.
At this time, sheriffs suspect the death to be a suicide due to asphyxia. According to Bay Area station KTVU, a source close to the investigation says Robin Williams hanged himself.
His wife, Susan Schneider, released the following statement:
“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 the focus will not be on Robin’s death, but on the countless moments of joy and laughter he gave to millions.”
Robin Williams’ publicist has released a statement that reads “Robin Williams passed away this morning. 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.”
A forensic examination is scheduled for August 12th.
Robin Williams was a famous actor and comedian, most well known for his Oscar winning role in the film Good Will Hunting, as well as his roles in the films Dead Poets Society, Mrs. Doubtfire, Good Morning, Vietnam and as the voice of “Genie” in the Disney film Aladdin.
Greg Cotta filed this report.