Oscar-winning actor and comedian Robin Williams was found dead in his Northern California home earlier on Monday, August 11. Williams died of suspected suicide, taking his own life and suffering from asphyxia.
Williams’ media representative Mara Buxbaum told CNN:
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 had struggled with addiction early on in his career and returned to rehab this June to aid in maintaining his sobriety. Williams was an amazing actor, from his breakthrough as the alien in 1970s hit TV show More and Mindy, to his comedy in Mrs. Doubtfire and the cartoon genie in Aladdin, to his dramatic acting in Good Will Hunting, Dead Poets Society, What Dreams May Come and Patch Adams. He has won an Academy Award for best actor, several Golden Globe Awards and Primetime Emmy Awards, among many other awards and nominations.