The entertainment world has been left stunned after Oscar winning actor Robin Williams was found dead at his home in California.
Police believe Williams, 63, known for films such as Good Morning Vietnam and Mrs Doubtfire, took his own life.
In a statement, Williams’ wife, Susan Schneider, said she was “utterly heartbroken”.
She said: “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.”
In a statement, Marin County Sheriff’s Office said: “At this time, the Sheriff’s Office 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.”
It added an investigation into the “cause, manner, and circumstances of the death is currently underway”.
Police were called to Williams’ home in the town of Tiburon at around 11.55am yesterday after receiving a call that a man was unconscious and not breathing.
The actor was pronounced dead at 12.02pm, the sheriff’s office said.
Williams shot to fame in the late 1970s as an alien in the American TV comedy series Mork And Mindy. But he won his Academy Award in a serious role, as the therapist in Good Will Hunting.
He had been open in the past about his struggles with alcohol, drugs and depression. He had recently returned to a rehabilitation centre to “fine-tune” his sobriety, the Los Angeles Times reported in July.
Stars spoke of their shock at Williams’ death. Steve Martin said: “I could not be more stunned by the loss of Robin Williams, great talent, acting partner, genuine soul.”
Talk show host Ellen DeGeneres tweeted: “I can’t believe the news about Robin Williams. He gave so much to so many people. I’m heartbroken.”