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.
Robin Williams was like no other ..To watch him create on the spot was a privilege to behold..
Robin you are an angel now !!! REST IN PEACE
— Henry Winkler (@hwinkler4real) August 11, 2014
I'm stunned! pic.twitter.com/X2RbDRyFxt
— Bill Cosby (@BillCosby) August 12, 2014
I can’t believe the news about Robin Williams. He gave so much to so many people. I’m heartbroken.
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) August 11, 2014
Sorry to learn of the tragic death of Robin Williams. Spent a lot of time with him. Even performed with him in San Francisco. So sad.
— Larry King (@kingsthings) August 11, 2014
— RaoulMartinezTV (@RaoulMartinezTV) August 12, 2014
I had the great pleasure of interviewing Robin Williams at the Tour of CA kickoff. Such a quick wit & incredible talent in all that he did.
— Andrew Luria (@AndrewLuria) August 11, 2014
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.