Oscar-winning actor and comedian Robin Williams was found dead in his home Monday morning. Authorities believe it was a suspected suicide.
According to the statement given by Marin County Sheriff’s Department, Williams was found unconscious and not breathing in his home around noon. The statement said that the investigation into his death is ongoing, but the coroner “suspects the death to be a suicide due to asphyxia.”
A representative for Williams said that the actor had recently been battling severe depression. He went back to rehab last month to focus on his sobriety, alcohol was an issue for him. Williams also struggled with cocaine abuse in the early ‘80s, he was sober for 20 years; with the exception of time in rehab during 2006.
“This morning, I lost my husband and my best friend, while the world lost one of its most beloved artists and beautiful human beings,” said Susan Schneider, Williams’ wife. “I am utterly heartbroken. On behalf of Robin’s family, we are asking for privacy during our time of profound grief.”
Williams was 63 years old.