Academy Award winning
actor and comedian Robin Williams has died at the age of 63. Initials
police reports suggest that it is a suspected suicide.
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Shortly before noon on Monday, police were called about an unconscious man. When they arrived, he was pronounced dead. The coroner originally suspects suicide, but a full investigation will be performed.
Robin Williams' publicist released a statement saying that the actor had been battling severe depression lately. He also recently checked himself into a treatment facility to maintain his sobriety. Williams has a long history of battling drugs and alcohol in his past, dealing with cocaine in the '70s and '80s.
Robin Williams is a beloved actor and comedian who is best known for his starring role on TV's Mork and Mindy
, being the voice of the Genie in Aladdin
and winning an Oscar for his performance in Good Will Hunting
Most recently, Williams starred on the CBS comedy The Crazy Ones
, which was cancelled after just one season this past May.
Besides his Oscar win for Good Will Hunting
, he also received nominations for Good Morning, Vietnam
, Dead Poets Society
and The Fisher King
. He also won six Golden Globe Awards and two Emmy Awards for his work in variety shows in the '80s.
Though he received acclaim for his dramatic work, it's his manic energy as a stand-up comedian and movie star that most people will remember him as. From Mrs. Doubtfire
to The Birdcage
to more action-oriented adult fairy likes like Hook
, he is certainly one of the titans of comedy.(Image courtesy of CBS)