Photo: Robin Williams in his comedy tour Weapons of Self Destruction | HBO
Oscar winner, TV icon, and comedian Robin Williams died this morning at the age of 63. According to the Marin County, Calif., sheriff's office, which “suspects the death to be a suicide due to asphyxia.”
Williams' publicist Mara Buxbaum told 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 is beloved by many spanning multiple generations. He won an Oscar for his supporting role in Good Will Hunting and was set to reprise his role as Theodore Roosevelt in the third installment of the children's fave Night at the Museum. He had recently signed on to reprise his beloved role as the crossdressing Mrs. Doubtfire in a sequel to be directed by Chris Columbus and was last seen opposite Annette Bening in the indie film The Face of Love. His TV show The Crazy Ones was canceled by CBS earlier this summer. He may be remembered by many LGBT fans as Armand in The Birdcage, the big-budget adaptation of La Cage aux Folles. He starred opposite Nathan Lane who played his husband, the crossdressing Albert.
Susan Schneider, his wife, 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.”