PHOTOS: Robin Williams Remembered By Family, Friends, And Fans
By ABC News
Robin Williams obituary photo (Credit: ABC News)
Los Angeles, CA -
Outside the home of comic genius, Robin Williams mourners are paying their respects just hours after the 63-year-old actor was found dead. Investigators are calling it a suspected suicide.
Williams' spokesperson said the actor "has been battling severe depression".
Last month, Williams checked himself into rehab. He'd had a long history of drug and alcohol abuse.
He spoke about the grip of addiction with Diane Sawyer. "It's just there...lays in wait for the time when you think, it's fine now, I'm okay, and then, (makes noise) and then the next thing you know, it's not okay," he told Sawyer.
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."
Hundreds stopped by Williams' star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame...leaving personal notes...and flowers. Comedian Paul Rodriguez considered him a long time pal. "I feel like I'm not the only one. Everybody in America loved him. I feel like I've been punched in the stomach," he said.
The sitcom "Mork and Mindy" became a showcase for his wit. Over and again, he dazzled on live television and talk shows. The movies utilized his incredible ability to ad-lib...from a genie in 1992's "Aladdin" to a father masquerading as a British nanny in "Mrs. Doubtfire".
Yet, he was more than a funnyman, performing numerous times for U.S. troops. "I just want to say thank you to men and women in uniform," he told the troops.
Williams star on the Walk of Fame is a testament to the more than $6 billion his movies have made worldwide. He is credited with 68 roles...leading...supporting...even producing.