Robin Williams found dead at 63

Published Tuesday, 12 August 2014
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The wife of American actor Robin Williams has urged people to remember "the countless moments of joy and laughter he gave to millions" after he was found dead at his home in California.

Robin Williams found dead at 63
Robin Williams at the Emmy Awards in LA in 2013 (© Getty)

Police believe Williams, 63, known for films such as Good Morning Vietnam and Mrs Doubtfire, took his own life on Monday.

A representative for the actor said he had been battling severe depression recently.

In a statement his wife, Susan Schneider, said she was "utterly heartbroken".

"On behalf of Robin's family, we are asking for privacy during our time of profound grief," she said.

"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."

This morning, I lost my husband and my best friend, while the world lost one of its most beloved artists and beautiful human beings.

Robin Williams’ wife, Susan Schneider

In a tribute on Twitter, his daughter Zelda, who recently celebrated her 25th birthday, posted an excerpt from French poet and aviator Antoine de Saint-Exupery's El Principito along with the words "I love you. I miss you. I'll try to keep looking up".

Mara Buxbaum, Williams' press representative, said: "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."

In a statement, Marin County Sheriff's Office added: "A comprehensive investigation must be completed before a final determination is made."

It said that an investigation into the "cause, manner, and circumstances of the death is currently under way".

The actor was pronounced dead at 12.02pm local time, the sheriff's office confirmed.

A forensic examination is expected to take place later before toxicology tests are carried out.

Williams shot to fame in the late 1970s. He won an Oscar in 1998 for his role in Good Will Hunting.

US president Barack Obama led tributes to the star as a host of Hollywood A-listers spoke of their shock at his death.

Fellow comic Steve Martin, who appeared alongside Williams in a 1988 theatre production of Waiting for Godot, said: "I could not be more stunned by the loss of Robin Williams, mensch, great talent, acting partner, genuine soul."

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Others who paid included Kevin Spacey, who was in the 2009 film Shrink alongside Williams and actress Mara Wilson, who played Williams' daughter in Mrs Doubtfire.
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4 Comments
nano nano in lisburn wrote (68 days ago):
what sad news, I like millions of other people found him very funny and he acted in some great movies, R.I.P. robin and thanks for the laughs.
Dr Arthur Cassidy in Portadown wrote (69 days ago):
Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention in Portadown is the only UK branch of the American Suicide Prevention organization who are one of the three largest suicide prevention charities in USA. We mourn the untimely loss of a great actor father and husband , one who gave so much to bring laughter happiness and joy to a breaking and hurting world. His own inner turmoil and sense of worthlessness and despair must have been unbearable and produced this chronic state of psycheache, incredible emotional inner pain which he probably felt was unescapable. In my own work having studied celebrity suicides for several years .. it is the unceasing exposure to media expectations and the chronic invasion of privacy that acts as one of the triggers into parasuicidal behaviour.
lisa in belfast wrote (69 days ago):
RIP ROBIN WILLIAMS YOU REALLY WERE A GENIUS AT WAT YOU DONE ESPECIALLY IN MRS DOUBTFIRE GBNF
Myles in Lisburn wrote (69 days ago):
A legend. You made me laugh and at times cry. R.I.P.
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