Robin Williams dies in suspected suicide

Robin Williams, the Academy Award winner and comic supernova whose explosions of pop culture riffs and impressions dazzled audiences for decades and made him a gleamy-eyed laureate for the Information Age, has died after an apparent suicide. He was 63.

Police in Marin County, California, released a statement saying the 63-year-old was pronounced dead at his home at 12.02pm on Monday, (NZT 7.02am Tuesday).