Actor-comedian Robin Williams found dead in apparent suicideUpdated: 2014-08-12 22:00:38 (KST)
Actor and comedian Robin Williams has died at the age of 63.
According to Marin County Police, Williams was pronounced dead shortly after noon on Monday, local time, in an apparent suicide at his home in northern California.
Preliminary results suggest Williams died due to asphyxia.
His publicist says the actor had been battling "severe depression" of late.
In a statement, his wife Susan Schneider said she was utterly heartbroken over losing her husband and best friend and asked people to remember Williams for the countless moments of joy and laughter he gave to millions.
Born in Chicago in 1951, Williams studied theater at Julliard School in New York.
He entered into the homes and hearts of America as an alien visitor in the 1970s TV series "Mork & Mindy."
He went on to act in more than a hundred television shows and movies, starring as a lovable father-turned-housekeeper in "Mrs. Doubtfire" and a fatherly therapist in "Good Will Hunting," which won him an Oscar for best supporting actor.
In the past, Williams had openly talked about his battle with alcohol and drugs and he recently visited a rehabilitation center to, as he put it, "fine-tune" his sobriety.
Kim Min-ji, Arirang News.