Legendary comedian and actor Robin Williams was found dead today.
The Marin County Sheriff department has released an official statement saying that authorities found the actor unconscious in his home in Tiburon, California.
Williams was pronounced dead this afternoon and suicide is suspected, though the cause of death has yet to be confirmed.
Williams’ publicist released a statement saying: “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.”
From his early work on the sitcom “Mork & Mindy” through more dramatic big screen fare like “Dead Poets Society” and “Good Will Hunting,” the actor was known and beloved throughout the world and his unexpected death comes as a major shock.
Even U.S. President Barack Obama has issued a statement, saying: “He arrived in our lives as an alien – but he ended up touching every element of the human spirit.”
Williams leaves behind a long career of remarkable works including those above along with “Good Morning Vietnam,” “Mrs. Doubtfire,” “Aladdin,” “The Birdcage,” “Hook,” “The Fisher King,” “Insomnia,” “Cadillac Man,” “Jumanji,” “Popeye,” “The World According to Garp,” “Dead Again,” “Jack,” “Patch Adams,” “Moscow on the Hudson” and “Death to Smoochy” amongst many others.