American actor Robin Williams hanged himself with a belt inside his Tiburon, California, home, police said Tuesday, Aug. 12.
The Oscar-winning actor was found at around 11 a.m., Monday, Aug. 11. He had been suffering from depression sparked by a stint in rehab a month ago. Williams was 63.
Williams’ major breakthrough came in 1978, when he starred in the Happy Days spinoff, Mork & Mindy, which ran from 1978 to 1982 on ABC. For the next 30 years, he enjoyed an illustrious Hollywood career. Some of his films include Good Morning, Vietnam; Mrs. Doubtfire, Awakenings, Popeye, Dead Poets Society, Patch Adams, and One Hour Photo. Williams won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in 1997’s Good Will Hunting.
Born in Chicago in 1951, Williams grew up in Detroit and graduated from high school in California. After leaving Julliard in 1976, He 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.