We’re stunned to report that Oscar winner and comedian Robin Williams died this morning at age 63.
Media outlets have been speculating that this was a suicide, but Williams’ publicist wouldn’t confirm this information. Variety is reporting that the “cause of death is believed to be suicide via asphyxiation, according to the coroner’s office in Tiburon, Calif. He was found in his home.”
While Williams had struggled with drugs and alcohol in the past, and went back into rehab in July, there is no indication at this time that these were linked to his death.
Williams’ reps issued this statement.
Robin Williams 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.
Williams came to fame playing Mork from Ork in the TV comedy Mork & Mindy. He later won an Oscar for his supporting role in Good Will Hunting, saw a resurgence in popularity playing the Genie in Disney’s animated movie Aladdin, and will reprise his role as Theodore Roosevelt in the third installment of Night at the Museum this December. His most recent TV show The Crazy Ones was canceled, but he had signed on to reprise his beloved role as Mrs. Doubtfire in a sequel to the popular film.
Fox, the studio releasing the third Night at the Museum film, issued the following statement:
There really are no words to describe the loss of Robin Williams. He was immensely talented, a cherished member of our community, and part of the Fox family. Our hearts go out to his family, friends and fans. He will be deeply missed.
In July, following the cancellation of The Crazy Ones, Williams went into rehab to “maintain sobriety.” Williams had struggled with addiction for decades, starting with cocaine and alcohol, which he kicked in the early 1980s. He had been sober for 20 years, fell of the wagon, and went back into rehab in 2006.
During his return to rehab in July, Williams’ rep told TMZ, “After working back-to-back projects, Robin is simply taking the opportunity to fine-tune and focus on his continued commitment, of which he remains extremely proud.”
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