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Remembering Robin Williams, found dead at 63

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(NBC News) - Comedian Robin Williams, known for his rapid-fire comedy, died Monday morning in his residence in Tiburon, California, according to his wife and publicist.

Williams, 63, was found in the home he shared with his wife shortly before noon (3 p.m. ET), the Marin County Sheriff's Office said. He had last been seen alive on Sunday at 10 p.m., according to a Sheriff's Office press release.

"This morning, I lost my husband and my best friend, while the world lost one of its most beloved artists and beautiful human beings," his wife, Susan Schneider, said in a statement. "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."

The comedian's publicist said he had been battling "severe depression of late."

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"This is a tragic and sudden loss," Mara Buxbaum said in a statement. "The family respectfully asks for their privacy as they grieve during this very difficult time."

The sheriff's Coroner Division suspects the death to be a "suicide due to asphyxia," but a comprehensive investigation must be completed before a final determination is made, according to a press release.

Williams, who struggled with alcohol and cocaine addiction was sober for decades butrelapsed in 2006and returned to rehab. Last month, Williams entered rehab for a short stay "to fine-tune and focus on his continued commitment, of which he remains extremely proud," according to a statements his representative made at the time.

The fast-talking comedian last communicated on social media two weeks ago when he shared a photograph of his daughter as a baby on her 25th birthday. A passionate gamer, Williams named his daughter Zelda.

Williams first came to prominence in 1978 as a naively sweet and zany alien in "Mork & Mindy," playing a character he'd originated in an episode of "Happy Days" with actress Pamela Dawber as his love interest. Dawber and Williams were reunited last year on CBS' "The Crazy Ones," when Williams returned to the medium that made him a star, playing an ad executive and father to a character played by Sarah Michelle Gellar.

“I am completely and totally devastated. What more can be said?!” Dawber said in a statement Monday.

illiams won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role as Dr. Sean Maguire in the 1997 film "Good Will Hunting." He was nominated for Best Actor for his roles as an authority-bucking deejay in 1987's "Good Morning, Vietnam," as an inspirational teacher in 1989's "Dead Poets Society" (1989) and as a homeless man seeking the Holy Grail in 1991's "The Fisher King."

Williams also spearheaded the non-profit Comic Relief — concerts and variety shows — to raise money to help the homeless with Billy Crystal and Whoopi Goldberg.

In April, Williams was reported to be planning to star in a sequel to his 1993 smash hit movie "Mrs. Doubtfire."

News of Williams' unexpected death shook up William's close friends and the Hollywood entertainment community. Flowers will be placed on Williams' star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Tuesday morning, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce said.

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