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Robin Williams dies of apparent suicide

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Comedian Robin Williams, the Oscar and Grammy winner known for his rapid-fire delivery, was found dead in his home after an apparent suicide, authorities said.

The 63-year-old actor's publicist said he had been battling "severe depression of late."

Williams was discovered at the residence he shared with his wife in Tiburon, California, shortly before noon (3 p.m. ET) on Monday, according to the Marin County Sheriff's Office. He had last been seen alive Sunday at 10 p.m. (1 a.m. ET on Monday), officials said.

"This morning, I lost my husband and my best friend, while the world lost one of its most beloved artists and beautiful human beings," his wife, Susan Schneider, said in a statement. "I am utterly heartbroken. 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."

The sheriff's Coroner Division said the death appeared to be a "suicide due to asphyxia," but added that an investigation would be completed before a final determination is made.

"This is a tragic and sudden loss," publicist Mara Buxbaum said in a statement. "The family respectfully asks for their privacy as they grieve during this very difficult time."

Williams, who struggled with alcohol and cocaine addiction, was sober for two decades but relapsed in 2006 and entered rehab. Last month, Williams returned to rehab for a short stay "to fine-tune and focus on his continued commitment, of which he remains extremely proud," according to a statements his representative made at the time.

 

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