Academy Award winning actor Robin Williams dead at 63

The family of Oscar-winning actor Robin Williams is asking for privacy, as they grieve for Williams, who died Monday morning at the age of 63.

He was found just before noon, unresponsive in his Tiburon home, in Marin County in Northern California.

He was pronounced dead at the scene. The cause of death is still under investigation, but right now, the coroner suspects it was a suicide by asphyxia.

Williams' publicist said the actor and comedian had been battling severe depression.

His wife, Susan Schneider released this statement: "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."

Williams won an Academy Award for "Best Supporting Actor" for his role as Sean Maguire, the therapist who counsels Matt Damon in "Good Will Hunting" (1997).

He also received nominations for "The Fisher King" (1991), "Dead Poets Society" (1989), and "Good Morning, Vietnam" (1987), but was known for his flambuoyant roles as well. He starred in "Mrs. Doubtfire" (1993) and "The Birdcage" (1996).

Williams rose to fame in the late 1970's, with "Mork & Mindy," a spin-off of "Happy Days."

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