Tragic news out of Hollywood today.
Beloved actor Robin Williams died Monday at age 63. The father of three – sons Zak, 31, and Cody, 22, and daughter Zelda, 25 – reportedly committed suicide. The Good Will Hunting star is pictured above with his wife Susan Schneider and his only daughter at the Happy Feet Two premiere in 2011.
The Mrs. Doubtfire actor “passed away [Monday] morning. He has been been battling severe depression of late,” his rep said in a statement. “This is a tragic and sudden loss. The family respectfully asks for their privacy as they grieve during this very difficult time.”
The late actor’s grieving wife released a public statement Monday:
“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.”
The brilliant funnyman shot to fame in 1978 in the TV series Mork & Mindy and starred in several hit movies such as Mrs. Doubtfire, Good Will Hunting, Good Morning, Vietnam, Dead Poets Society, Awakenings, Patch Adams, One Hour Photo, Aladdin and Happy Feet Two. Not to mention, his moving role in the daring film What Dreams May Come which told a story of life after death.
Our hearts go out to the Williams family during this difficult time.
And we urge any of you who might be suffering from depression or mental illness to reach out for help.