Robin Williams found dead

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. -- Actor and comedian Robin Williams has been found dead in his home in the Bay Area.

According to the Marin County Sheriff's Office, Williams was found unconscious Monday afternoon at his home in Tiburon. The sheriff's office says a preliminary investigation shows the cause of death to be a suicide due to asphyxia. However, an investigation into the cause, manner and circumstances of his death is on going.

His press representative, Mara Buxbaum, said Williams had recently been battling severe depression.

Williams shot to fame in the late `70s as the alien in TV's "Mork and Mindy." He conquered the big screen in comic films such as "Good Morning, Vietnam" and "Mrs. Doubtfire." But he won his Academy Award in a serious role -- as the therapist in "Good Will Hunting."

His performing style was at its purest in his standup act, as he impersonated a Russian immigrant or parodied anyone from John Wayne to Keith Richards.

Williams' wife, Susan Schneider, said she lost a husband and best friend who was one of the worlds "most beloved artists and beautiful human beings."

He was 63.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report)




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