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Robin Williams Found Dead in Possible Suicide

August 11, 2014

By Variety Staff

Veteran film and television comedic actor Robin Williams was found dead on Monday. He was 63.

The cause of death is believed to be suicide via asphyxiation, according to the coroner’s office in Tiburon, Calif. He was found in his home.

His publicist said the actor had been battling depression of late.

“This is a tragic and sudden loss,” his publicist Mara Buxbaum said in a statement. “The family respectfully asks for their privacy as they grieve during this very difficult time.”

Williams is best known for both comedic and dramatic roles in movies including Good Will Hunting, for which he won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar in 1997. In addition, he won several Emmys and Golden Globes.

Williams’ film career was bookended by TV roles including his breakout role on the ABC sitcom Mork & Mindy in 1978. He returned to TV on CBS last season in The Crazy Ones.

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