MARIN COUNTY (CBSLA.com) — Robin Williams, a brilliant actor who could channel his energy into comic characters like “Mrs. Doubtfire” or harness it into richly nuanced work like his Oscar-winning turn in “Good Will Hunting,” died Monday in an apparent suicide. He was 63.
Williams was pronounced dead at his home in unincorporated Tiburon. The Marin County sheriff’s office said the preliminary investigation shows the cause of death to be a suicide due to asphyxia.
At this time, an investigation into the cause, manner and circumstances of Williams’ death is underway, according to officials.
Authorities said that preliminary information shows that Williams was last seen at his home around 10 p.m. Sunday.
Though officials said that they suspect the death to be suicide due to asphyxia, a full investigation must be completed before a final cause of death is determined.
Mike Walters, news director at TMZ, told KNX 1070’s Jim Thornton and Diane Thompson that while Williams made people around the world laugh, he had suffered for years from periodic bouts of substance abuse and depression.