Comedic star Robin Williams found dead at home

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The renowned comedian and actor's publicist said that Williams had been "battling severe depression of late."

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Copyright 2014 Reuters
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Police received a 911 call at approximately 11:55am on Aug. 11, about an unconscious man, later identified as actor Robin Williams, 63, who was not breathing, and he was pronounced dead at 12:02pm.

The Marin County Sheriff's Office said Aug 12 that the preliminary post-mortem determined Williams died by hanging in an apparent suicide. He was found dead by his personal assistant. The investigation is ongoing.

Williams was cremated and his ashes scattered in San Francisco Bay on Aug. 12, just a day after his death, according to a death certificate obtained by Radar Online. Williams first moved to the San Francisco Bay Area when he was 16-years-old.

In an Aug. 14 statement, Williams' wife, Susan Schneider, said that Williams suffered "depression, anxiety as well as early stages of Parkinson's Disease, which he was not yet ready to share publicly." She also said his "sobriety was intact."

Williams is best known for his roles as a comedian in film and television. During his career, Williams won one Academy Award -- for Best Supporting Actor in "Good Will Hunting" -- two Emmy's, four Golden Globes and five Grammy's. Copyright 2014 Reuters

Williams is best known for his roles as a comedian in film and television. During his career, Williams won one Academy Award -- for Best Supporting Actor in "Good Will Hunting" -- two Emmy's, four Golden Globes and five Grammy's.

"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." Susan Schneider, Robin Williams' wife

Williams had talked over the years about his troubles with addiction, including cocaine and alcohol — for which he received treatment.

Williams was set to reprise his role as Mrs. Doubtfire in a film sequel slated for release in 2015, according to IMDB. "Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb," "Absolutely Anything," and "Merry Friggin' Christmas" are scheduled for release later this year.

Fans set up memorials to Williams at the sites where some of his films were shot, including a bench in Boston ("Good Will Hunting") and a house in San Francisco ("Mrs. Doubtfire"). Theaters and cinemas around the country dimmed their lights before evening shows. Copyright 2014 Reuters

Fans set up memorials to Williams at the sites where some of his films were shot, including a bench in Boston ("Good Will Hunting") and a house in San Francisco ("Mrs. Doubtfire"). Theaters and cinemas around the country dimmed their lights before evening shows.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline reported the largest volume of calls in its history Aug. 11, the day Robin Williams' death was announced. Even more calls were made Aug. 12 -- some 7,500 -- double the usual daily amount. Officials credit the promotion of the hotline (1-800-273-TALK) for the surge.

Billy Crystal gave tribute to Williams during the Emmy Awards ceremony on Aug. 25. Crystal said "It is very hard to talk about [Williams] in the past because he was so present in our lives" and that "as genius as he was on stage, he was the greatest friend you could ever imagine." Copyright 2014 Reuters

Billy Crystal gave tribute to Williams during the Emmy Awards ceremony on Aug. 25. Crystal said "It is very hard to talk about [Williams] in the past because he was so present in our lives" and that "as genius as he was on stage, he was the greatest friend you could ever imagine."

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