Comedian Robin Williams found dead at 63 in apparent suicide
A statement from the Marin County Sheriff's Department said: "At this time, the Sheriff's Office Coroner Division suspects the death to be a suicide due to asphyxia.
Williams' wife Susan Schneider said in a statement to New York Times:
" 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 that the focus will not be on Robin's death but on the countless moments of joy and laughter he gave to millions."
His publicist also released a statement.
The funnyman who first gained fame on sitcom Mork & Mindy was soon hailed as one of the finest comedians and was especially known for ad-libbing on set.
He won an Academy award for Best Supporting Actor in the 1997 film Good Will Hunting. He was most recently seen in comedy series The Crazy Ones, which was cancelled after its first season this year.
Source: LA Times, Reuters, Huffington Post