A preliminary investigation has concluded that beloved comedian Robin Williams died of suicide by asphyxiation, authorities in Marin County, California have confirmed.
The Mrs. Doubtfire actor was found in his home on Monday morning by his personal assistant who called 911.
Lt. Keith Boyd, assistant deputy chief coroner of the Marin County Sheriff”s Office revealed that Robin was confirmed dead by paramedics at 12.02pm, and added that toxicology results and a full forensic examination will be available in two to six weeks.
He also confirmed that Robin”s wife Susan Schneider was the last person to see the 63-year-old Oscar-winning actor on Sunday evening.
Robin”s representative said in an official statement on Monday that the star had been battling severe depression, before adding: “This is a tragic and sudden loss. The family respectfully asks for their privacy as they grieve during this very difficult time.”
Robin had been candid about his battle with alcohol and substance abuse in the past and checked into a treatment facility to “focus on his commitment” to overcome his addictions in July.
Robin Williams as Mrs. Doubtfire
He began his career as a stand-up comedian, but went on to become a celebrated film actor who excelled in both comedic and dramatic roles. Some of his most memorable films include Mrs. Doubtfire, Dead Poet”s Society, Aladdin, and Hook, and in 1998, Robin won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Good Will Hunting.
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He is survived by his three children: Zachary Pym, 31, Zelda Rae, 25, and 23-year-old Cody Alan Williams.