Robin Williams Dead at 63 of Suspected Suicide

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Robin Williams is dead at the age of 63.

According to The Associated Press, the former Oscar winner and veteran actor committed suicide inside his Northern California home.

The Marin County Sheriff's Office reports that authorities responded to a 911 call just before noon today and found the star’s unresponsive body on the scene; a coroner suspects suicide due to asphyxia.

Williams went back to rehab last month to focus on sobriety and insiders confirm alcohol remained an issue for him up to the very end.

He struggled with cocaine and alcohol abuse in the early 1980s, but had been sober for over two decades until recently.

Williams was best known for his starring roles in classic films such Dead Poets Society, Mrs. Doubtfire and Jumanji.

He won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of Dr. Sean Maguire in Good Will Hunting and had just starred last TV season in the fall sitcom The Crazy Ones.

A forensic examination is  scheduled for tomorrow with subsequent toxicology testing to be conducted.

UPDATE: Says the actor's rep via statement:

"Robin Williams passed away this morning. He was been 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."

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Very funny, talented, and an amazing actor. This man played in over 42 movies. What an actor. He will be missed so much.

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he couldn't face reality.

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A true funnyman of our generation. We lost an American treasure for sure. An entertainer, and a gentleman. And I think we all felt like we knew him; he was a friend. So now we will all have to wish that we could have been a friend to him when he needed HIS spirits lifted! There are simply no words … We will have to honor him by finding ways to bring joy and laughter to others which was his amazing gift. This day is sure to live in infamy along the likes of the day we found about about Elvis and Michael Jackson. My advice? Life is short, enjoy it. Live each day as if it were your last and do your best to make an impact on this world. Keep healthy mentally, physically, and spiritually. Be prepared financially in case your time comes sooner than later. You don’t want to leave your family a financial burden. Life insurance is only $15 a month (Life Ant and Silver Rock are both super cheap). I know it sounds tacky, but life is fragile. I can just hear him saying that suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem. RIP Robin, we loved the characters you portrayed. You brought us such joy. We will miss you.

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