Oscar-winning actor and comedian Robin Williams has died at the age of 63. The Marin County Sheriff's Office in California says they are investigating the death as a possible suicide.
His publicist says in published reports that Williams had been battling severe depression.
Among his other work, Williams made his Broadway acting debut in 2011 in the show, "Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo." Williams played the title character, the tiger. The show was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize.
Williams also had a a stand-up special at the Broadway Theater in 2002.
Williams attended the Juilliard School in New York before breaking onto the scene as "Mork" on the show "Happy Days."
Williams became known for his work in such films as "Mrs. Doubtfire," "Dead Poets Society," "Hook" and "Good Will Hunting," for which he won an Oscar.
His wife, Susan Schneider, released the following 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. 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.”
President Barack Obama released the following statement: "Robin Williams was an airman, a doctor, a genie, a nanny, a president, a professor, a bangarang Peter Pan, and everything in between. But he was one of a kind. He arrived in our lives as an alien—but he ended up touching every element of the human spirit. He made us laugh. He made us cry. He gave his immeasurable talent freely and generously to those who needed it most—from our troops stationed abroad to the marginalized on our own streets. The Obama family offers our condolences to Robin’s family, his friends, and everyone who found their voice and their verse thanks to Robin Williams."
Comedian Christina Basquez says Williams' fast-paced improvisational style was a huge influence on her work, but that the way he appears to have died is no surprise.
"You have to know how to cry in order to make people laugh. So we all, all comedians have that pain in them. So yeah, that's really bad," said Basquez.
Gilbert Gottfried, who appeared in "Aladdin" alongside Williams, remembered a generous, one-of-a-kind artist.
"Robin was more than just a comedian. He was a comedy force of nature," Gottfried said.