By Mari Kasanuki
Aug 12, 2014 @ 9:39 am
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The laughter in the world just became a little quieter yesterday, with the passing of comedian and Oscar-winning actor Robin Williams. He was 63.

Williams was found in his Northern California home; the Marin County Sheriff’s department said it suspected his death may have been a suicide due to asphyxia. The star, who inspired countless laughs and brought smiles to even more faces, had been battling severe depression of late, his publicist said.

His wife, Susan Schneider, released a statement:

Williams had three children, and the actor's 25-year-old daughter, Zelda (from his marriage to Marsha Garces) took to social media to share a message for her father:

 

Robin Williams's beloved characters spanned decades, from his depiction of the alien Mork, which originated on Happy Days and jumped to the spinoff show Mork & Mindy, to his inspiring roles in Good Morning, Vietnam, Dead Poets Society, and Patch Adams. He molded a generation of children with his take on an overgrown Peter Pan in Hook, and his emergence from the jungles of Jumanji, his portrayal of fruit-wielding Mrs. Doubtfire, his unforgettable Genie from Disney's Aladdin. And he earned an Academy Award for his supporting role in Good Will Hunting.

President Barack Obama also released a statement on the passing of the actor:

As news of Williams's death spread, friends, fans, admirers, and former costars expressed disbelief, shared stories and memories, and gave tribute to the comedy legend: