The legendary comedian and actor Robin Williams has died, having taken his own life at his home California. He was 63 years old.
According to multiple news reports, officials were called to the scene just before noon on Monday and found Robin Williams dead.
The actor’s rep spoke out on behalf of his family, stating, “Robin Williams passed away this morning. He had been battling severe depression of late.”
The statement continues, “This is a tragic and sudden loss. The family respectfully asks for their privacy as they grieve during this very difficult time.”
Having struggled with cocaine in the 1980s, Williams had been sober for decades before relapsing. He went to rehab last month to focus on his sobriety.
A toxicology report is expected to be performed in the coming days.
Robin first rose to fame in the 1970s for his portrayal of Mork, an alien from the planet Ork, in the sitcom Mork & Mindy for four seasons.
He went on to enjoy massive success on the silver screen with Dead Poets Society, Mrs. Doubtfire, One Hour Photo, Hook, and other classics.
It was Good Will Hunting, though, that delivered Williams an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role as Dr. Sean Maguire in 1997.