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August 11, 2014 at 4:21 PM

Social-media reaction to Robin Williams’ death

Actor Robin Williams appears during a 2005 presentation in Rome, Italy.

Actor Robin Williams appears during a 2005 presentation in Rome, Italy. (European PressPhoto Agency)

Actor Robin Williams, shown in 2006 (European PressPhoto Agency)

PHOTO GALLERY: Robin Williams, 1951-2014 (European PressPhoto Agency)

The Associated Press

Robin Williams, the Academy Award winner and comic supernova whose explosions of pop culture riffs and impressions dazzled audiences for decades, died Monday in an apparent suicide. He was 63.

Williams was pronounced dead at his home in California on Monday, according to the sheriff’s office in Marin County, north of San Francisco. The sheriff’s office said a preliminary investigation shows the cause of death to be a suicide due to asphyxia.

“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,” said Williams’ wife, Susan Schneider. “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,”

Williams had been battling severe depression recently, said Mara Buxbaum, his press representative.

Reaction to the news

An outpouring of support for Williams began on social media shortly after the news broke:

Suicide prevention helplines

In King County call the Crisis Clinic at  866-4CRISIS (866-427-4747)

If you are outside of King County, please call 9-1-1 or call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255) for immediate assistance.

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