By Radio.com Staff
The entertainment industry was shocked this afternoon upon hearing the news that actor Robin Williams died by apparent suicide in his Marin County home. He was 63.
“This morning I lost my husband and my best friend, while the world lost of it’s most beloved artists and and human beings. I am utterly heartbroken,” Susan Schneider, Williams’ wife, said in a written statement, reports CBS San Francisco. “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.”
“He has been battling severe depression of late,” Mara Buxbaum, Williams’ press representative, added in a statement. “This is a tragic and sudden loss.”
Williams had checked himself into rehab earlier this year. One of his last roles was on The Crazy Ones, a half-hour sitcom on CBS. The show was canceled earlier this year.
Multiple celebrities took to social media to both offer their condolences and pay tribute to the fallen actor.