Oscar-winning actor Robin Williams was found dead at his home in Tiburon, California, Monday morning, August 11 (U.S. time).
According to the police, Robin died from an apparent suicide. He was 63.
His third wife, Susan Schneider confirmed the tragic news: "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.
"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."
Robin leaves behind Susan and his children Zak, 31; Zelda, 25; and Cody, 23.
Robin was previously married to Valerie Velardi and Marsha Garces.
SUSPECTED SUICIDE. A statement by the Marin County Sheriff’s Department in California said: "On August 11, 2014, at approximately 11:55 .a.m, 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, California.
"The male subject, pronounced deceased at 12:02 p.m. has been identified as Robin McLaurin Williams.
"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 p.m.
"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 p.m. on August 10, 2014.
"Mr. Williams was located this morning shortly before the 911 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."
While Robin’s publicist wouldn’t confirm that his death was a suicide, a rep did issue this statement:
“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.”
UNFINISHED WORK. According to ew.com, Robin "will reprise his role as Theodore Roosevelt in the third installment of Night at the Museum this December.
"He had recently signed on to reprise his beloved role as Mrs. Doubtfire in a sequel to be directed by Chris Columbus, and was last seen opposite Annette Bening in the indie film The Face of Love.
"His sitcom The Crazy Ones premiered on CBS last fall, but was not picked up for a second season."
Robin won an Oscar for his supporting role in Good Will Hunting in 1997.
He also won three Golden Globes, for Good Morning Vietnam (1987), The Fisher King (1991), and Mrs. Doubtfire (1993).
Robin’s first memorable role was the alien Mork in the hit TV series Happy Days, which led to a spin-off comedy series Mork & Mindy.
His other memorable performances were for the following films: Popeye (1980), The World According To Garp (1982), The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1988), Dead Poets Society (1989), Awakenings (1990), Hook (1991), Toys (1992), Aladdin (1992), Being Human (1994)...
Jumanji (1995), Nine Months (1995), Hamlet (1996), Jack (1996), The Birdcage (1996), Flubber (1997), Patch Adams (1998), Bicentennial Man (1999), Night at the Museum (2006), and Happy Feet (2006).