(PCM) We are deeply saddened to learn that Oscar winning comedian and actor Robin Williams has tragically passed away at the age of 63. Early reports are claiming that Williams’ death is the result of an apparent suicide, however his longtime publicist has not yet made a final confirmation.
In a statement the publicist confirmed that Williams had passed away and that he had been dealing with severe depression as of late. The publicist went on to say that the death of Williams was both sudden and very tragic and asks that the public respect the family’s privacy to grieve during this difficult time.
Earlier this afternoon the Marin County coroners office issued a press release that stated that the cause of death was suicide due to asphyxia. The call made to 911 came in just before noon today when it was reported that a man was found unresponsive in his Tiburon and Williams was pronounced dead at the scene by responding officers. Authorities are still currently investigating and a forensic examination is scheduled for Tuesday morning.
Williams won an Oscar for his role in the film “Good Will Hunting” and had just recently completed filming on “Night At The Museum 3″ where he reprised his role as Theodore Roosevelt, which is set for release this December. It had also been recently announced that Williams would once again team up with Christopher Columbus for a sequel to his hit film “Mrs. Doubtfire” as well.
His sitcom “The Crazy Ones” premiered on CBS last fall, but was unfortunately not picked up for a second season. Williams is best known for his iconic comedy roles in the beloved series “Mork and Mindy” and films such as “Good Morning Vietnam”, “Dead Poet’s Society”, “What Dreams May Come”, “Hook” and many many others.
Hollywood has truly lost another one of the greats and Williams’ presence in both film and television will be great missed. Our sincere condolences go out to his family and friends during this incredibly difficult time.
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