It is with great sadness we report that Robin Williams has passed away. The actor and comedian was found dead in his California home at noon today. He was 63.

The cause of death seemed to be suicide by asphyxiation, though the official autopsy will be performed tomorrow.

He leaves behind his wife Susan Schneider, and three children, Zachary, Zelda, and Cody, from previous marriages.

“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,” said Schneider. “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.”

The family asks for their privacy at this time.

Williams played many famous characters, including Genie in Aladdin, Mork in Mork & Mindy, and Mrs. Doubtfire in the movie of the same name. He also graced us in Good Morning, VietnamWhat Dreams May ComeDead Poets’ Society, and Good Will Hunting.

He was a great comedian who inspired many and showed anyone that a smile is infectious.

He will be missed.

“You’re only given a little spark of madness. If you lose that, you’re nothing.”

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