Williams was found unconscious in his home in an unincorporated area just outside Tiburon, California, at around 11:55 am PDT on August 11, 2014, and was pronounced dead at 12:02 pm, age 63. The Coroner Division of Marin County suspects the death to be suicide by asphyxia, pending investigation. According to his publicist, Williams was “battling severe depression” in the time before his death, though his publicist would not confirm the reports that the death was suicide. A forensic examination and toxicology test is scheduled for August 12, 2014.
Williams’s wife Susan Schneider said “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.”
Celebrities paid tribute to Williams, including fellow comedian Steve Martin, who tweeted, “I could not be more stunned by the loss of Robin Williams, mensch, great talent, acting partner, genuine soul.” US President Barack Obama said Williams was “one of a kind”, and someone who “ended up touching every element of the human spirit”.