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Actor Robin Williams “Mrs Doubtfire” found dead

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Actor Robin Williams

Actor Robin Williams

Actor Robin Williams has been found dead at his home in California, police said.

Police believe Williams, 63, known for films such as Good Morning Vietnam and Mrs Doubtfire, took his own life.

In a statement, Marin County Sheriff’s Office said: “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.”

It added that an investigation into the “cause , manner, and circumstances of the death is currently under way”.

A forensic examination is expected to take place today, with toxicology tests to take place later.

Police were called to Williams’ home in the town of Tiburon at around 11.55am yesterday after receiving a call that a man was unconscious and not breathing.

Emergency services, including police and firefighters, arrived on the scene five minutes later, but the actor was pronounced dead at 12.02pm, the sheriff’s office said.

It added that Williams was last seen alive at his home, where he lived with his wife Susan Schneider, at around 10pm on Sunday.

Williams shot to fame in the late 1970s as an alien in the American TV comedy series Mork And Mindy. But he won his Academy Award in a serious role, as the therapist in Good Will Hunting.

Mara Buxbaum, Williams’ press representative, said: “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.”

In a statement Ms Schneider said: “This morning, I lost my husband and my best friend, while the world lost one of its most beloved artists and beautiful human beings.

“I am utterly heartbroken. On behalf of Robin’s family, we are asking for privacy during our time of profound grief. As he is remembered, it is our hope the focus will not be on Robin’s death, but on the countless moments of joy and laughter he gave to millions.”

Stars spoke of their shock at Williams’ death.

Steve Martin, who appeared alongside Williams in a 1988 theatre production of Waiting for Godot, said: “I could not be more stunned by the loss of Robin Williams, mensch, great talent, acting partner, genuine soul.”

Talk show host Ellen DeGeneres tweeted: “I can’t believe the news about Robin Williams. He gave so much to so many people. I’m heartbroken.”

Source: MSN

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