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Robin Williams dead of apparent suicide

Robin Williams, a legendary comedic actor whose versatility belied his frequent roles as a bumbler, was found dead Monday of an apparent suicide. Williams, 63, died in his Tiburon, Calif., home, authorities said. The Marin County Sheriff's Office "suspects the death to be a suicide due to asphyxia."

Williams' spokeswoman said he had been "battling severe depression of late."

The release from authorities:

On August 11, 2014, at approximately 11:55 am, Marin County Communications received a 9-1-1 telephone call reporting a male adult had been located unconscious and not breathing inside his residence in unincorporated Tiburon, CA. The Sheriff's Office, as well as the Tiburon Fire Department and Southern Marin Fire Protection District were dispatched to the incident with emergency personnel arriving on scene at 12:00 pm. The male subject, pronounced deceased at 12:02 pm has been identified as Robin McLaurin Williams, a 63 year old resident of unincorporated Tiburon, CA. 

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. 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. Mr. Williams was located this morning shortly before the 9-1-1 call was placed to Marin County Communications. 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. A forensic examination is currently scheduled for August 12, 2014 with subsequent toxicology testing to be conducted.

"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," said publicist Mara Buxbaum.

"This morning, I lost my husband and my best friend, while the world lost one of its most beloved artists and beautiful human beings," said William's wife, Susan Schneider. "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."

Although known for his slapstick humor beginning with TV's "Mork and Mindy" (1978), Williams' roles in films such as "Good Morning, Vietnam," "The World According to Garp," "Dead Poets Society," and "The Birdcage"  showed an unmistakable melancholy behind the laughs.

The four-time Oscar nominee was an improvisational genius, able to spin long scenes from the merest of premises. He won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for 1997's "Good Will Hunting."

Throughout his life, Williams struggled with addiction, kicking cocaine in the 1980s and checking into rehab for alcoholism in 2006. In 2009, he had surgery to replace his aortic valve.

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