TIBURON, Calif. — Veteran film star Robin Williams was found dead Monday of an apparent suicide, his publicist confirmed.
Details remain sketchy although it has been reported that Williams died by intentional asphyxiation. He was found in his Marin County home, near San Francisco.
Williams had recently been battling depression associated with a stint in rehab for drug abuse.
According to police, a 911 dispatcher received a call from Williams’ home at around 11 a.m., Monday, stating that the actor was not breathing. He was pronounced dead at 12:02 p.m. Williams last seen by his wife, Susan Schneider, Sunday night.
“I am utterly heartbroken,” Schneider said in a statement. “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 Robin’s death, but on the countless moments of joy and laughter he gave to millions.”
Williams won an Oscar (Best Supporting Actor, Good Will Hunting) and several other awards since first starring in ABC’s Mork & Mindy in 1978. Some of Williams’ films include Good Will Hunting, Good Morning, Vietnam; Mrs. Doubtfire, Awakenings, Popeye, Dead Poets Society, Patch Adams, and One Hour Photo.
Born in Chicago in 1951, Williams grew up in Detroit and graduated from high school in California. After leaving Julliard in 1976, Williams began his career as as standup comedian, and quickly became known for his bizarre physical comedy. During that time, he landed a guest-starring role as “Mork from Ork,” on Happy Days. The character was later featured in the spinoff, Mork & Mindy, which ran from 1978 to 1982.
His first film role came in 1977’s Can I Do It ‘Till I Need Glasses?
Williams leaves his wife and three children. He was 63.