News is breaking in the United States that legendary comic actor Robin Williams has died.
Born in Chicago, the aspiring actor went on to study at the Julliard, where he worked alongside lifelong friend Christopher Reeve.
Gaining his break via the short-lived NBC vehicle 'The Richard Pryor Show', Robin Williams went on to win the role of Mork in 'Mork & Mindy'.
An instant success, his quick-fire brand of improvised and often quite physical comedy turned the actor into an overnight star. Completing a number of high profile solo tours, Williams' stand up comedy was often bracingly and endearingly honest.
1987 saw the comic land the lead role in 'Good Morning Vietnam', a film which would win Robin Williams enduring acclaim for his power for dramatic acting. 1989 brought an acclaimed, Oscar-nominated performance in 'Dead Poets Society' before Robin Williams took another about turn, this time playing the eccentric genie in Disney's 1992 venture 'Aladdin'.
Continually attempting new roles, the 90s saw Robin Williams win overwhelming praise for his appearances in such films as 1990's 'Awakenings' and his Oscar winning role in 'Good Will Hunting'.
Open about his drug and addiction problems, the actor underwent renewed treatment for alcoholism in 2006. Since then, Robin Williams had been extremely productive, such as renewing his voiceover role in 'Happy Feet Two'.
The BBC report that police found Robin Williams dead at his Los Angeles home in the early hours of this morning. In a short statement, Los Angeles Police said: "At this time, the Sheriff's Office Coroner Division suspects the death to be a suicide due to asphyxia, but a comprehensive investigation must be completed before a final determination is made."
Our thoughts are with his friends and family.