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Robin Williams Dead at 63

Robin Williams, the actor whose comedic style made him one of television and film’s biggest stars, was found dead on Monday from an apparent suicide at his home in Tiburon, California. Williams has recently been suffering from severe depression, his publicist Mara Buxbaum said in a statement, and Williams had repeatedly mentioned his past addition issues with alcohol. “This morning, I lost my husband and my best friend, while the world lost one of its most beloved artists and beautiful human beings. I am utterly heartbroken,” Williams’ wife Susan Schneider said in a statement. Williams was born in Chicago in 1951, earned four Academy Award nominations. He was married three times, most recently in 2011 to Schneider. He has three children. In his final posting on Twitter on July 31, he wished his daughter Zelda a happy 25th birthday. Late on Monday, Zelda wrote on Twitter: “I love you. I miss you. I’ll try to keep looking up.” The Marin Country Sheriff’s office received an emergency call about noon local time on Monday, saying Williams was unconscious and not breathing in his home. The coroner’s division said it was suspected Williams committed suicide by asphyxia, but the cause of death is still under investigation. The autopsy will be conducted Tuesday. This death has shook Hollywood, and colleagues mourn the loss of what many called a big-hearted man and a comedic genius. Social media was buzzing with appreciation for Williams. “Robin was a lightning storm of comedic genius and out laughter was the thunder that sustained him,” said Steven Spielberg, “he was a pal and I can’t believe he’s gone.” Steve Martin tweeted: “I could not be more stunned by the loss of Robin Williams, mensch, great talent, acting partner, genuine soul.” Many other stars tweeted about the loss of this great man, including Ellen DeGeneres, Jane Lynch, Bill Cosby, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Kevin Spacey, and Jared Leto. Even President Obama released a statement: “Robin Williams was an airman, a doctor, a genie, a nanny, a president, a professor, a bangarang Peter Pan, and everything in between.  But he was one of a kind.  He arrived in our lives as an alien – but he ended up touching every element of the human spirit.  He made us laugh.  He made us cry.  He gave his immeasurable talent freely and generously to those who needed it most – from our troops stationed abroad to the marginalized on our own streets.  The Obama family offers our condolences to Robin’s family, his friends, and everyone who found their voice and their verse thanks to Robin Williams.” Williams’ star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame has become a makeshift memorial. _76887105_floraltributes3  

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