A profoundly sad story. What a great comedian. My heart grieves for the family.
Emergency personnel were called to Williams’s home in Tiburon, California, at 11:55 a.m. local time, per the Marin County Sheriff’s Office.
Williams was found unconscious and pronounced dead at the scene. Authorities are investigating the death, and an autopsy is forthcoming, but initial evidence points to “a suicide due to asphyxia,” according to Marin Sheriff’s Lt. Keith Boyle.
In a brief statement, publicist Mara Buxbaum said Williams had been “battling severe depression of late. This is a tragic and sudden loss. The family respectfully asks for their privacy as they grieve during this very difficult time.”