According to the Hollywood Reporter, police in Marin County, California released the following statement regarding the actor's suspected suicide earlier today.
On August 11, 2014, at approximately 11:55 a.m, Marin County Communications received a 9-1-1 telephone call reporting a male adult had been located unconscious and not breathing inside his residence in unincorporated Tiburon, CA. The Sheriff’s Office, as well as the Tiburon Fire Department and Southern Marin Fire Protection District were dispatched to the incident with emergency personnel arriving on scene at 12:00 pm. The male subject, pronounced deceased at 12:02 pm has been identified as Robin McLaurin Williams, a 63-year-old resident of unincorporated Tiburon, CA. An investigation into the cause, manner, and circumstances of the death is currently underway by the Investigations and Coroner Division s of the Sheriff’s Office. Preliminary information developed during the investigation indicates Mr. Williams was last seen alive at his residence, where he resides with his wife, at approximately 10:00 pm on August 10, 2014. Mr. Williams was located this morning shortly before the 9-1-1 call was placed to Marin County Communications. 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. A forensic examination is currently scheduled for August 12, 2014 with subsequent toxicology testing to be conducted.
Williams began his career as a stand-up comedian, before landing a role as an alien named "Mork" on Happy Days. The role lead to the spin-off series, Mork & Mindy, which eventually helped launched his career in film.
He went on to star in memorable comedies including Mrs. Doubtfire and The Birdcage. He also starred in several successful dramas including Dead Poets Society and Good Will Hunting, and won an Oscar for his role in the latter. Aside from his Oscar, he also won two Emmy awards, four Golden Globes, and five Grammys.