Oscar award winning actor, Robin Williams has died at the age of 63.
The actor was found unresponsive by paramedics in his house in in Tiburon, north of San Francisco, at around 11:55 am on Monday.
He was pronounced dead at the scene. The cause of death is believed to be suicide by asphyxiation, according to the coroner’s office in Tiburon.
Mara Buxbaum, his spokesman, released a statement saying he had been struggling with depression in the last few months.
“Rob 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.”
His wife Susan Schneider paid tribute to her husband, who celebrated his birthday last month: “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.”
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