The Marin County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the death of actor/comedian Robin Williams in Tiburon, Calif., north of San Francisco.
According to a press release issued by the coroner’s division of the sheriff’s office, Williams was found unconscious and not breathing inside his home in Tiburon around noon local time, and was pronounced dead shortly after.
The press release identified him by his full name, Robin McLaurin Williams, 63.
The coroner suspects the death was “a suicide due to asphyxia, but a comprehensive investigation must be completed before a final determination is made.” A forensic examination is currently scheduled for Tuesday, the press release said.
Williams’ rep confirmed the death to USA TODAY, E News, Entertainment Weekly and others.
“Robin Williams passed away this morning,” said Mara Buxbaum, president of his PR firm. “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, Susan Schneider, issued a brief 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,” she said.