Actor-comedian Robin Williams was found dead Monday at his home in Northern California from an apparent suicide.

The 63-year-old was famed for his manic energy in comedic roles such as “Mrs. Doubtfire”, and for more nuanced portrayals such as his empathetic therapist in “Good Will Hunting”, for which the actor won an Academy Award in 1997.

The Marin County Sheriff’s Coroner says it suspects the death was a suicide due to asphyxia, but the cause of death is still under investigation.

Williams had been battling severe depression.

Just last month, he announced he was returning to a 12-step treatment program he said he needed after 18 months of nonstop work.

He had sought treatment in 2006 after a relapse following 20 years of sobriety.

Those who had worked with Williams in the entertainment industry remember him for his energy.

Fellow comedian Billy Crystal said following Williams on stage was like trying to top the Civil War.

Director Steven Spielberg says “Robin was a lightning storm of comic genius and our laughter was the thunder that sustained him. He was a pal and I can’t believe he’s gone,”.


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