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Oscar-winner, comedian, Robin Williams dead at 63

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TIBURON, Calif. (NBC) -

Robin Williams, the Oscar-winning actor and comedian, is dead at age 63, in a suspected suicide.

Williams was found unconscious in his Marin County, California, home just before noon Monday. Marin County Communications received an Emergency 911 call at 11:55 Monday morning.

The Tiburon Fire Department responded to the scene and Robin Williams was pronounced dead at 12:02 pm at his residence in Tiburon, California.

The Marin County Sheriff's Office released a statement saying the coroner “suspects the death to be a suicide due to asphyxia.” Williams was one of Hollywood's most versatile and respected actors and comedians. His spokesperson, Mara Buxbaum, said, “This is a tragic and sudden loss. The family respectfully asks for their privacy as they grieve during this very difficult time.”

Williams won an Oscar as Best Supporting Actor for his role as a psychologist who befriends Will Hunting in the Matt Damon, Ben Affleck movie, Good Will Hunting. Comedy Central ranked Williams # 13 as the 100 greatest stand-ups of all time in 2004.

Williams began his rise to Hollywood fame began in the 1970's as space alien, Mork from Ork, in the TV series Mork and Mindy.

Williams received his first Oscar nomination in 1987 for his role as a war-time military disc jockey in the film, Good Morning, Vietnam.

He garnered a second Oscar nomination in 1989 for his role as Professor John Keating in Dead Poets Society. In that movie, one of his prized students commits suicide. In 1991, Williams garnered a 3rd Oscar nomination for his role as a homeless man in The Fisher King.

Williams showed his versatility in movies like Mrs. Doubtfire, where he played a cross-dressing Dad, trying to maintain a close relationship with his children, and The Birdcage, where he played a gay nightclub choreographer.

Williams was married three times. He has three children. Williams' wife, Susan Schneider, also issued a statement, asking for privacy. Schneider said, "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.”

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