Robin Williams Found Dead of Apparent Suicide

By Shawn Dwyer 08/12/14

The Oscar-winning actor and comedian recently went back to rehab. (**Updated**)

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Actor Robin Williams, one of the funniest stand up comics of all time and a gifted performer who won the Oscar for his role in Good Will Hunting, was found dead this morning of an apparent suicide in his Tiburon, Calif. home. He was 63.

His death was originally reported as "a suicide due to asphyxia." Marin County police confirmed the next day that Williams committed suicide by hanging himself with a belt. He also had superficial cuts on his left wrist and there was a pocketknife found nearby. Williams was discovered by his personal assistant and left no suicide note.

“Robin Williams passed away this morning," his reps said in a statement. "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.”

Just last month, Williams returned to the Hazelden Addiction Treatment Center in Minnesota, where he was working on fine tuning his sobriety. "After working back-to-back projects, Robin is simply taking the opportunity to fine-tune and focus on his continued commitment, of which he remains extremely proud," his reps said at the time.

Williams was last seen alive at his residence where he lived with his wife, Susan Schneider, around 10 p.m. on Aug. 10. The investigation remains ongoing and a forensic examination, complete with toxicology testing, will be conducted.

“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," his wife said in a statement. "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.”

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