TIBURON, Calif. — Marin County Sheriff’s deputies are investigating the death of actor and comedian Robin Williams at his home in Marin County.
Williams, 63, was found unconscious and not breathing at his home in unincorporated Tiburon shortly before noon, according to the sheriff’s department. He was pronounced dead at 12:02 p.m.
Coroner investigators suspect “the death to be a suicide due to asphyxia,” according to a statement from the sheriff’s department.
“Robin Williams passed away this morning,” his media representative Mara Buxbaum told CNN. “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’ wife, Susan Schneider released a statement regarding his death:
“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 Robins’ death, but on the countless moments of joy and laughter he gave to millions.”
A toxicology test and forensic exam are scheduled for Tuesday.
San Diego County operates a 24/7 hotline for people in need of a counselor and can provide assistance in multiple languages. The County’s Access and Crisis Line is 888-724-7240.
The County also has a website for information about suicide and warning signs of depression and mental health issues.
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 800-273-8255.