Legendary Comedic actor Robin Williams was found dead today in his home. The death is believed to be suicide via asphyxiation, this according to the coroner’s office in California. A rep issued a statement, saying
“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.”
Williams is best known for being able to take on both comedic and dramatic roles, as he exemplified with films like “Good Will Hunting,” which he won Best Supporting Actor for in 1997.
Williams had a history of stints in rehab, and most recently checked in last month for continued sobriety. He admitted to cocaine and alcohol addiction in the past.
“It’s [addiction] — not caused by anything, it’s just there,” he said in a 2006 interview. “It waits. It lays in wait for the time when you think, ‘It’s fine now, I’m OK.’ Then, the next thing you know, it’s not OK.
Update: Robin Williams’ wife Susan Schneider has released a brief 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,” she said.