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Report: Robin Williams found dead in apparent suicide

The actor was found unresponsive in his Calif. home

MARIN COUNTY, Calif. — Oscar winning actor and comedian Robin Williams has been found dead at his home in Tiburon, Calif, in what authorities are investigating as a suicide.

Authorities found Williams this morning unconscious and unresponsive. He was pronounced dead shortly thereafter.

A statement from the Marin County Sheriff's Coroner reads:

On August 11, 2014, at approximately 11:55 am, Marin County Communications received a 9-1-1 telephone call reporting a male adult had been located unconscious and not breathing inside his residence in unincorporated Tiburon, CA. The Sheriff's Office, as well as the Tiburon Fire Department and Southern Marin Fire Protection District were dispatched to the incident with emergency personnel arriving on scene at 12:00 pm. The male subject, pronounced deceased at 12:02 pm has been identified as Robin McLaurin Williams, a 63 year old resident of unincorporated Tiburon, CA.

An investigation into the cause, manner, and circumstances of the death is currently underway by the Investigations and Coroner Divisions of the Sheriff's Office. Preliminary information developed during the investigation indicates Mr. Williams was last seen alive at his residence, where he resides with his wife, at approximately 10:00 pm on August 10, 2014. Mr. Williams was located this morning shortly before the 9-1-1 call was placed to Marin County Communications. At this time, the Sheriff's Office Coroner Division suspects the death to be a suicide due to asphyxia, but a comprehensive investigation must be completed before a final determination is made. A forensic examination is currently scheduled for August 12, 2014 with subsequent toxicology testing to be conducted.

Williams' publicist, Mara Buxbaum, issued a brief statement.

“Robin Williams passed away this morning. He has 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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Shannon Chapman Shannon Chapman Monday, August 11, 2014 4:52:10 PM May he forever rest peacefully. His heartache was too much for him to handle if that's what the case was. Depression is a dreadful disease to deal with. I hope all involved can find peace that he is no longer suffering.
Jeanne Quinn Jeanne Quinn Monday, August 11, 2014 5:00:16 PM I have lost someone very precious in my life who taught me how to laugh at myself. I think that we all have. Bless you, my friend.
Lissa Miller Lissa Miller Monday, August 11, 2014 5:19:06 PM :(
Eduardo De Béjar Martínez Eduardo De Béjar Martínez Monday, August 11, 2014 5:36:36 PM Que la tierra te sea leve compañero. Lux aeterna.
Jill Gonzalez Jill Gonzalez Tuesday, August 12, 2014 3:20:21 AM Damn it man this is why depression is no joke. Keep sting people who suffer from this and get help. There is no shame in it. I could save your life or someone else's. RIP ROBIN WILLIAMS.
Katty Davenport Katty Davenport Tuesday, August 12, 2014 9:21:16 AM It proves money & fame are not the important things in life. So many seem to think having great wealth cures all problems but it doesn't. I had no idea he was so depressed but depression does kill. 1.9 people commit suicide in the States each MINUTE so every two minutes nearly 4 people have committed suicide. It's a symptom of a major problem in society. ---------------- New Samsung Galaxy S4 for Free! Request Here: Good luck!
JJ Johnson JJ Johnson Wednesday, August 13, 2014 8:33:23 PM is his wife a suspect? what was so depressing he couldnt handle? After what dreams may come you would think he would know how to come back from hell and overcome depression, because that was such a powerful anti depressive movie, if you ever got into it...
Avis Davidson Avis Davidson Sunday, August 17, 2014 9:53:58 PM Laughter is medicine for the soul.

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