Legendary actor and comedian Robin Williams died Monday at his home, the result of a possible suicide, according to police in Marin County, California. He was 63.
A report from the Marin County Sheriff's Office lists Williams' suspected cause of death as "suicide via asphyxiation," but a comprehensive investigation will be completed before any official ruling will be made.
Williams' publicist confirmed the death and issued the following statement to The Hollywood Reporter: "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."
Williams' wife, Susan Schneider, also issued a statement: "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."
A native of Chicago, Williams first rose to fame as the star of the beloved 1970s sitcom Mork & Mindy, a spin-off of Happy Days. The actor enjoyed an immensely successful film career, appearing in Good Morning Vietnam, Dead Poets Society, Mrs. Doubtfire, and Aladdin, among many others. A four-time Oscar nominee, Williams took home a Best Supporting Actor award in 1997 for his role in Good Will Hunting. He most recently starred on CBS's The Crazy Ones.