Oscar-winning actor and comedian Robin Williams has died from suspected suicide after a battle with depression, triggering an outpouring of anguished tributes to one of the most beloved entertainers of his generation. He was 63.
Photos: Life and times of actor Robin Williams Image 1 of 30: NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 25: Robin Williams arrives to "Late Show with David Letterman" at Ed Sullivan Theater on September 25, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Jeffrey Ufberg/WireImage) Image 2 of 30: FILE - In this July 29, 2013 file photo, actor Robin Williams participates in the "The Crazy Ones" panel at the 2013 CBS Summer TCA Press Tour at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. Williams is reconnecting with the 12-step program during a brief stay in Minnesota. A spokeswoman for the 62-year-old actor-comedian said on Tuesday, July 1, 2014, that Williams planned the visit as a respite to recharge after more than 18 straight months of work. (Photo by Frank Micelotta/Invision/AP, File) Image 3 of 30: This film image released by The Weinstein Company shows Robin Williams as Dwight Eisenhower, left, and Forest Whitaker as Cecil Gaines in a scene from "Lee Daniels' The Butler." From "12 Years a Slave" to "The Butler" to "Fruitvale Station," 2013 has been a banner year for movies directed by black filmmakers. (AP Photo/The Weinstein Company, Anne Marie Fox) Image 4 of 30: UNITED STATES - SEPTEMBER 14: MORK & MINDY - gallery - Season One - 9/14/78, The character of Mork, an alien from the planet of Ork, became so popular from an episode of "Happy Days" that it was spun-off into this series starring Robin Williams in the lead role (his first major acting break). The misfit alien was sent to study Earthlings by his fellow Orkans. Landing in a giant eggshell, near Boulder, Colorado, he was befriended by Mindy McConnell (Pam Dawber), who helped him adjust to Earth's strange ways., (Photo by Jim Britt/ABC via Getty Images) Image 5 of 30: Robin Williams during Robin Williams Footprint Ceremony at Mann's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage) Image 6 of 30: Robin Williams during The 68th Annual Academy Awards at Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage) Image 7 of 30: Robin Williams during 36th Annual Golden Globe Awards at Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage) Image 8 of 30: FILE - This Nov. 7, 2007 file photo shows comedian Robin Williams performing at the NY Comedy Festival Event "Stand Up for Heroes: A Benefit for the Bob Woodruff Family Fund", in New York. Williams, whose free-form comedy and adept impressions dazzled audiences for decades, has died in an apparent suicide. He was 63. The Marin County Sheriffs Office said Williams was pronounced dead at his home in California on Monday, Aug. 11, 2014. The sheriffs office said a preliminary investigation showed the cause of death to be a suicide due to asphyxia. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini, File) Image 9 of 30: FILE - This June 15, 2007 file photo shows actor and comedian Robin Williams posing to promote his film, "License To Wed" in Santa Monica, Calif. Williams, whose free-form comedy and adept impressions dazzled audiences for decades, has died in an apparent suicide. He was 63. The Marin County Sheriffs Office said Williams was pronounced dead at his home in California on Monday, Aug. 11, 2014. The sheriffs office said a preliminary investigation showed the cause of death to be a suicide due to asphyxia. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon, File) Image 10 of 30: NEW YORK - MARCH 22: (ITALY OUT, NY DAILY NEWS OUT, NY NEWSDAY OUT) Robin Williams (R) and Terrence Howard look on during filming of their new movie "August Rush" at Columbus Circle on March 22, 2006 in New York City. (Photo by Arnaldo Magnani/Getty Images) Image 11 of 30: Robin Williams slimes the crowd during Nickelodeon's 19th Annual Kids' Choice Awards - Show at Pauley Pavillion in Westwood, California, United States. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic) Image 12 of 30: Robin Williams and Billy Crystal during Los Angeles Premiere of Columbia Pictures' "RV" at Mann Village Theatre in Westwood, California, United States. (Photo by E. Charbonneau/WireImage for Sony Pictures-Los Angeles) Image 13 of 30: Robin Williams and Zelda Williams during Nickelodeon's 19th Annual Kids' Choice Awards - Arrivals at Pauley Pavilion in Westwood, CA, United States. (Photo by Mirek Towski/FilmMagic) Image 14 of 30: LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 20: Robin Williams attends the pre-premiere party for Happy Feet Two at Grand Connaught Rooms on November 20, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Jon Furniss/WireImage) Image 15 of 30: BEVERLY HILLS, CA - NOVEMBER 30: Presenter Robin Williams speaks onstage at BAFTA Los Angeles 2011 Britannia Awards at The Beverly Hilton hotel on November 30, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images For BAFTA Los Angeles) Image 16 of 30: NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 28: Robin Williams accepts award on stage at The Comedy Awards 2012 at Hammerstein Ballroom on April 28, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage) Image 17 of 30: LOS ANGELES - APRIL 5: "Pilot" -- Academy Award winner Robin Williams returns to series television in THE CRAZY ONES, CBS' new single camera workplace comedy about a larger-than-life advertising genius whose unorthodox methods and unpredictable behavior would get him fired - if he weren't the boss. Simon Roberts (Williams) is the head of a powerful agency, with the biggest clients and brands in the world, but even more important to him is that his daughter Sydney (Sarah Michelle Gellar) is by his side. THE CRAZY ONES will premiere this Fall, Thursdays (9:00-9:30 PM ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. (Photo by Richard Cartwright/CBS via Getty Images) Image 18 of 30: LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 22: Robin Williams from The Crazy Ones at the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards, which will be broadcast live across the country 8:00-11:00 PM ET/ 5:00-8:00 PM PT from NOKIA Theater L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles, Calif., on Sunday, Sept. 22 on the CBS Television Network. (Photo by CBS Photo Archive/CBS via Getty Images) Image 19 of 30: 2212NZHWILLIAMS03-Actor Robin Williams arrived in New Zealand today on his chartered jet at Auckland airport and received a traditional Maori welcome. Here he exchanges a hongi with Melanie Pahi from Ngati Whatua, who was part of the welcoming group, Te Roopu Manutaki. REPORTER: KEITH PERRY 1999 DIGITAL IMAGE: BASTIAAN BEENTJES 22aug01 - HONGI: The welcome must extend beyond the airport and hotel. Image 20 of 30: 2412NZHWILLIAMS16-Actor Robin Williams arrived in New Zealand with his family on the 22nd of December on his chartered jet at Auckland airport and received a traditional Maori welcome. REPORTER: KEITH PERRY 1999 NEW ZEALAND HERALD DIGITAL IMAGE: BASTIAAN BEENTJES Image 21 of 30: 2412NZHWILLIAMS04- Robin Williams arrived in New Zealand on the 22nd of December on his chartered jet at Auckland airport and received a traditional Maori welcome. Here he listens to Herena Wood explaining the welcoming-protocol. Williams is flanked by his wife Marsha and his friend Brian Nuss. Also pictured is Williams' eight-year-old son Cody. (blue shirt,in front of his mother) REPORTER: KEITH PERRY 1999 NEW ZEALAND HERALD DIGITAL IMAGE: BASTIAAN BEENTJES Image 22 of 30: 2412NZHWILLIAMS05-Actor Robin Williams arrived in New Zealand on the 22nd of December on his chartered jet at Auckland airport. REPORTER: KEITH PERRY 1999 NEW ZEALAND HERALD DIGITAL IMAGE: BASTIAAN BEENTJES Image 23 of 30: 2412NZHWILLIAMS18. ACTOR ROBIN WILLIAMS ON ARRIVAL AT AUCKLAND AIRPORT 22/12/99, HERE HE RECEIVES A GIFT (T-SHIRT) FROM HERENA WOOD, ONE OF THE MAORI PREFORMERS DURING THE WELCOME AND ALSO THE ONE TO GUIDE WILLIAMS THROUGH THE PROTOCOL. REPORTER KEITH PERRY 1999 NEW ZEALAND HERA PHOTGRAPH:BASTIAAN BEETJES NEG 1936A Image 24 of 30: Robin Williams performs at the Vector arena, Auckland. 20 November 2010 Herald on Sunday Photograph by Michael Craig Image 25 of 30: Al Pacino and Robin Williams in a scene from the film Insomnia. Supplied 21 August 2002 to New Zealand Herald by Buena Vista International. NZH 24aug02 - HEAVYWEIGHT ACTION: Al Pacino and Robin Williams go toe-to-toe in Insomnia. Image 26 of 30: "RV" starring Robin Williams, Cheryl Hines, Jeff Daniels and Josh Hutcherson Supplied 30 June 2006 to New Zealand Herald by Sony for TimeOut Image 27 of 30: tv3wk41 Funny man Robin Williams stars in the medical comedy with heart - PATCH ADAMS, TV 3, Sunday, October 7 at 8.30pm and then GOOD MORNING VIETNAM AT 10.30pm. HBT 7feb06 - Image 28 of 30: 1209SPLDOUBTFIRE Robin Williams stars in movie Mrs Doubtfire Pic supplied 14sep01 - FLAGGING IT: Mrs Doubtfire replaces alien attackers for US viewers. Image 29 of 30: TV3 WEEK 4 2002 Comic genius Robin Williams stars in Festival Of Fun: Flubber, TV3, Wednesday, January 23 at 7.30pm. Supplied pic: Television press kit Image 30 of 30: Academy Award-winner Robin Williams stars as an obsessive photo developer who develops a fascination with his favourite customers, in the Saturday Blockbuster: ONE HOUR PHOTO, screening Saturday, December 16th at 8:30pm.
Image 1 of 30: NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 25: Robin Williams arrives to "Late Show with David Letterman" at Ed Sullivan Theater on September 25, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Jeffrey Ufberg/WireImage)
Williams was pronounced dead at his home in California, according to the sheriff's office in Marin County, north of San Francisco. The sheriff's office said a preliminary investigation shows the cause of death to be a suspected suicide.
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"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," said Williams' wife, Susan Schneider.
"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."
Williams had been battling severe depression recently, said Mara Buxbaum, his press representative.
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