Breaking News: Robin Williams Dead of Apparent Suicide

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Robin Williams in Good Will Hunting (1997)

Well, this is terrible. Robin Williams, 63, was found dead in his home in Northern California today from an apparent suicide. His rep issued this statement: “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.”

His wife also released a statement, saying she’s “utterly heartbroken.” He leaves behind three children from a previous marriage.

The sheriff’s coroner’s division said it suspects the death was a suicide due to asphyxia. Early last month, the actor checked into rehab for a “sobriety tuneup.”

Celebrities have taken to Twitter to mourn his death. Williams was nominated for Oscars for his roles in Good Morning, Vietnam, The Fisher King, Dead Poet’s Society, and Good Will Hunting, which he won in 1997. He most recently starring in the CBS sitcom The Crazy Ones, and was next set to star in Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, which he recently tweeted about.

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