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Comedian and actor Robin Williams was found dead Monday morning at his Northern California home from an apparent suicide, according to the Marin County Sheriff’s Office. He was 63.
The cause of death is under investigation, but a statement from the sheriff’s office said the coroner division suspects the death to be a suicide due to asphyxia.
The initial report said someone called 911 about a male adult, who had been found unconscious and not breathing inside his residence in Tiburon, Calif., at 11:55 a.m. PDT. Emergency personnel arrived at noon and pronounced the man dead at 12:02 p.m. He was identified as Robin McLaurin Williams.
Williams was last seen alive at his residence, where he lived with his wife, at about 10 p.m. Sunday.
A forensic examination is scheduled for Tuesday, along with toxicology tests, the sheriff’s office said.
Williams delighted audiences with his quirky and often over-the-top comedic style since appearing as a space alien in the 1978-1982 television show “Mork and Mindy”. He played serious roles as well. His movies included “Good Morning, Vietnam”, “Mrs. Doubtfire” and “The Birdcage”. He won the Academy Award for best supporting actor for “Good Will Hunting”.
Williams played the role of radio DJ Adrian Cronauer in 1987’s “Good Morning, Vietnam”.
Williams’ latest television endeavor was “The Crazy Ones”, in which he starred as an advertising executive with Sarah Michelle Gellar. CBS aired the series from Sept. 26, 2013, to April 1. In May, CBS cancelled the series after one season.
In November, he appeared on the Ellen DeGeneres Show and talked about his return to the small screen. “I’m back!” he said. “Sometimes when they let me try stuff, I’ll push the envelope. That’s part of the deal.”
Larisa Epatko produced multimedia web features and broadcast reports with a focus on foreign affairs for the PBS NewsHour. She has reported in places such as Jordan, Pakistan, Iraq, Haiti, Sudan, Western Sahara, Guantanamo Bay, China, Vietnam, South Korea, Turkey, Germany and Ireland.
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