Actor Robin Williams has been found dead of a suspected suicide inside his California residence, Marin County police said in a release.

He was 63.

According to CNN, Williams’ wife and press representative both released statements Monday confirming the death, saying the actor had been suffering from “severe depression.”

“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,” said Williams’ wife, Susan Schneider.

“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.”

The Marin County sheriff’s department says Williams’ death appears to be suicide due to asphyxia, but a full investigation is underway and an official cause of death has yet to be confirmed.

An autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday and toxicology tests will also be performed.

Earlier in the summer Williams announced he was entering rehab to deal with addictions.

 

Williams shot to fame in the late ’70s as the alien in TV’s Mork and Mindy. He conquered the big screen in comic films such as Good Morning, Vietnam and Mrs. Doubtfire. But he won his Academy Award in a serious role – as the therapist in Good Will Hunting.

His performing style was at its purest in his standup act, as he impersonated a Russian immigrant or parodied anyone from John Wayne to Keith Richards.

 

Friends of the Oscar winning actor took to Twitter to express their condolences.

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With files from The Associated Press