Remembering Robin Williams

Flowers are placed in memory of actor/comedian Robin Williams on his Walk of Fame star in the Hollywood district of Los Angeles, Monday, Aug. 11, 2014. Williams, a brilliant shapeshifter who could channel his frenetic energy into delightful comic characters like "Mrs. Doubtfire" or harness it into richly nuanced work like his Oscar-winning turn in "Good Will Hunting," died Monday in an apparent suicide. He was 63. Williams was pronounced dead at his San Francisco Bay Area home Monday, according to the sheriff's office in Marin County, north of San Francisco. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)

(NBC News) Acclaimed actor and comedian Robin Williams was found dead of an apparent suicide Monday at his Tiburon, California home.

Williams had been battling severe depression, according to his publicist. Neighbors said he appeared to lead a normal, ordinary life at home, a contrast to the extraordinary world he created as an actor and comedian.

The Juilliard trained actor also excelled in dramatic roles, like “Good Will Hunting” which brought him a Best Supporting Actor Oscar.

Williams’ wife released a statement saying, “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.”

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