US Actor Robin Williams, 63, was found dead in his California home on Monday morning from apparent suicide.
Marin County Sheriff's Office said it suspected the death was a suicide due to asphyxia, but an investigation into the cause and circumstances of the death is underway. The actor's publicist said in a statement that he had been 'battling severe depression of late.'
Williams's wife Susan Schneider said in a statement on Monday night: "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.”
She continued: '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 that the focus will not be on Robin's death but on the countless moments of joy and laughter he gave to millions.'
Robin Williams with his daughter Zelda [Instagram]
Williams has struggled with drug and alcohol addictions in the past and last month he entered a Minnesota rehabilitation centre to help maintain his sobriety. His publicist said at the time that he was 'taking the opportunity to fine-tune and focus on his continued commitment, of which he remains extremely proud.'
There has been an outpouring of tributes for the genius comedian. President Obama said in a statement: 'He arrived in our lives as an alien - but he ended up touching every element of the human spirit. He made us laugh. He made us cry. He gave his immeasurable talent freely and generously to those who needed it most - from our troops stationed abroad to the marginalized on our own streets.'
Robin Williams with his Oscar in 1998 [Rex]
Comedian Steve Martin said in a tweet: "I could not be more stunned by the loss of Robin Williams, mensch, great talent, acting partner, genuine soul." While Steve Carrell wrote: "Robin Williams made the world a little bit better. RIP." Director Steven Spielberg commented: "Robin was a lightning storm of comic genius and our laughter was the thunder that sustained him. He was a pal and I can't believe he's gone."
Robin Williams has 102 acting credits on his IMBD page and he played a Scottish nanny, a therapist, an alien, Peter Pan, a president, a professor and a genie. He won his Oscar in 1997 for his performance as therapist Dr Sean Maguire in Good Will Hunting. Watch some of his most memorable on screen moments below...
Robin Williams played Daniel, a divorcee who disguised himself as an old Scottish nanny so he could spend more time with his children and win his wife back from Pierce Brosnan. Earlier this year there were reports that Robin Williams was attached to a Mrs Doubtfire 2.
Dead Poets Society
Robin Williams played a poetry professor John Keating, who applies a 'think outside the box' philosophy to his teaching at a stuffy boarding school. The line "Carpe diem. Seize the day, boys. Make your lives extraordinary" was voted the #95 movie quote by the American Film Institute.
Good Morning Vietnam
Robin plays a DJ assigned to the US Armed Services Radio in Vietnam. "Gooood morning Vietnam" is perhaps one of Robin's most iconic movie lines.
Good Will Hunting
In 1998 Robin Williams won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role as psychotherapist Sean Maguire in Good Will Hunting. Fans have spontaneously turned the bench where his character sits with Matt Damon's character into a memorial.
Robin Williams was excellent at impressions, so he was perfect for the booming voice of the Genie in Disney's Aladdin. The directors said as they wrote the script they had the idea of using Robin as the genie: "The idea was that the genie was a transforming stand up comedian very like Robin Williams. Once Robin got in front of the mic of course all the celebrity impressions came out."
See more of Robin Williams' most loved films in the gallery below...