Oscar-winning actor had battled depression and addiction issues
The Oscar-winning comedian and actor Robin Williams has died at 63, according to police in Marin County, Calif.
A statement from the assistant chief deputy coroner of Marin County announced on Monday that the Coroner Divisions of the Sheriff’s Office “suspects the death to be a suicide due to asphyxia, but a comprehensive investigation must be completed before a final determination is made.”
His publicist confirmed the news.
Williams was last seen at his Tiburon home at 10 p.m. Sunday. His body was discovered at about noon Monday, sheriff’s officials have said.
His wife left the couple’s home around 10:30 a.m., believing Williams was still sleeping, according to Lt. Keith Boyd. Williams’ personal assistant became concerned when Williams failed to answer several knocks to his bedroom door at 11:45 a.m., and discovered his body moments later.
While officials are awaiting the results of an autopsy to confirm the cause of the actor’s death, investigators said Monday that they believe Williams appeared to have committed suicide and died of asphyxiation.
Williams, whose career took off after he appeared as an alien in the sitcom “Mork & Mindy” and rose to prominence through a mixture of comedic and maudlin roles, had long struggled with depression as well as alcohol and cocaine abuse. He had recently entered a rehabilitation program.
Boyd declined to say whether Williams left a suicide note, and said the results of a toxicology screen would not be available for several weeks.