Robin Williams dies aged 63
Actor and comedian Robin Williams has been found dead at his home in California. Local police have said the cause of death is suspected suicide.
The actor, who made his name in sitcom Mork and Mindy and films like Good Morning, Vietnam and Mrs. Doubtfire, had spent a number of years battling against drug and alcohol addiction, and was known to be suffering from severe depression in recent months.
The actor was found dead by police at around 11:55am on Monday and was pronounced dead at the scene, with the local coroner's office stating that they believe the cause of death to be suicide by asphyxiation.
A statement from spokesman Mara Buxbaum said: “Rob passed away this morning. 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.”
His wife Susan Schneider paid tribute to her late husband, saying: "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 Robin's death, but on the countless moments of joy and laughter he gave to millions.”