Comic virtuoso Robin Williams dies from apparent suicide

Written by Reuters | Updated: Aug 13 2014, 04:50am hrs
Robin Williams, the versatile actor whose madcap comic style made him one of television and films biggest stars, was found dead on Monday from an apparent suicide at his home in Northern California. He was 63. The comedian's appeal stretched across generations and genres, from family fare as the voice of Disney's blue Genie in Aladdin to his portrayal of a fatherly therapist in the 1997 drama Good Will Hunting, for which he earned his sole Oscar. But many remembered the master of impressions on Monday for his tender portrayal in Mrs. Doubtfire, when he played the part of a British nanny whose identity he assumed as a divorced father to be with his children.

Williams had been recently suffering from severe depression, his publicist said in 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, Williams wife, Susan Schneider, said in a statement.

The Marin County Sheriff's coroners division said it suspected Williams committed suicide by asphyxia, but the cause of death was still under investigation.