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HOLLYWOOD ICON DEAD IN APPARENT SUICIDE

Robin Williams – one of the greatest comedic talents of all-time – was found dead in his California home on Monday, the victim of an apparent suicide.

He was 63 years old.

“This morning, I lost my husband and my best friend, while the world lost one of its most beloved artists and beautiful human beings,” Williams’ wife, Susan Schneider, said in a statement. “I am utterly heartbroken.”

Williams body was found shortly after noon Monday. The suspected cause of death? “Suicide due to asphyxia,” although a full coroner’s investigation is pending.

Williams’ publicist told reporters the movie star had been dealing with “severe depression” in recent weeks.

A native of Chicago, Illinois, Williams starred in dozens of films and television programs beginning in the late 1970s – rising to prominence as Mork, the goofy alien in the hit NBC sit-com Mork and Mindy .

Some of his notable movies included Good Morning Vietnam  (1987), Dead Poets Society  (1989), The Fisher King  (1991), Aladdin  (1992), Mrs. Doubtfire  (1993) and of course Good Will Hunting , the 1997 instant classic that earned him an Academy Award for best supporting actor.

Williams also led the Comic Relief effort on behalf of the homeless, and would frequently travel to entertain American servicemen and women.

“Robin Williams was one the sweetest, most generous, caring, philanthropic people of our generation,” one of his producers said.

We agree … he will be missed.