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The Slate: Actor Robin Williams Found Dead in His Home From Apparent Suicide

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Aug. 11 2014 7:11 PM
Actor Robin Williams Found Dead in His Home From Apparent Suicide
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By Elliot Hannon

Robin Williams found dead at his home on Monday.

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Actor Robin Williams was found dead in his home on Monday, according to the Marin County Sheriff’s office. The exact circumstances of Williams' death are still unknown, but suicide by asphyxia is suspected as the cause of death, according to the coroner’s office. Here’s more:

On August 11, 2014, at approximately 11:55 am, Marin County Communications received a 9-1-1 telephone call reporting a male adult had been located unconscious and not breathing inside his residence in unincorporated Tiburon, CA. The Sheriff’s Office, as well as the Tiburon Fire Department and Southern Marin Fire Protection District were dispatched to the incident with emergency personnel arriving on scene at 12:00 pm. The male subject, pronounced deceased at 12:02 pm has been identified as Robin McLaurin Williams, a 63 year old resident of unincorporated Tiburon, CA… Preliminary information developed during the investigation indicates Mr. Williams was last seen alive at his residence, where he resides with his wife, at approximately 10:00 pm on August 10, 2014. Mr. Williams was located this morning shortly before the 9-1-1 call was placed to Marin County Communications. At this time, the Sheriff’s Office Coroner Division suspects the death to be a suicide due to asphyxia, but a comprehensive investigation must be completed before a final determination is made.

Williams's publicist released a statement this afternoon confirming the actor's death: "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."

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His wife, Susan Schneider, also confirmed the news: "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."

*This post has been updated.

Elliot Hannon is a writer in Washington, D.C. Follow him on Twitter.

An Autopsy revealed no alcohol or illicit drugs in Robin's system.