Robin Williams' widow Susan Schneider has issued a statement confirming the tragic news.

 

"This morning, I lost my husband and my best friend, while the world lost one of its most beloved artists and beautiful human beings," she stated.

 

"I am utterly heartbroken. 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."

 

 

Pictured: Robin Williams and Susan Schneider in happier times, at the 2012 Comedy Awards. (Getty)