Comedy legend and beloved Hollywood star Robin Williams has died at the age of 63. According to a report by police in Marin County, California, the Oscar-winning actor died this morning of an apparent suicide. “Robin Williams passed away this morning,” said his spokesperson Mara Buxbaum. “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.”
Williams’s wife Susan Schneider also 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.
Williams’s most recent projects include the CBS comedy The Crazy Ones and the comedy-drama film The Angriest Man in Brooklyn, and he was also rumored to be attached to a Mrs. Doubtfire sequel. Williams had a long history with substance abuse and depression and had entered rehab as recently as this past April, but his sudden death still comes as a shock and utter tragedy to comedy fans and the millions of viewers who have watched him on the small and big screens since his Mork & Mindy days in the late ‘70s. To say he will be sorely missed by the comedy community and beyond is truly an understatement.