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Robin Williams, Comedian and Actor, Dead at 63

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CNY/NNY/S. Tier: Robin Williams, Comedian and Actor, Dead at 63
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MARIN COUNTY, Calif. -- Comedian and actor Robin Williams has died.

According to the Marin County Sheriff's Office, Williams' body was found shortly before 12 p.m. Monday PST, inside a Tiburon, Calif. home he shared with his wife. Police said Williams' death at this time is believed to be a suicide due to asphyxia.


Williams had a long career in TV and film, starring as Mork in "Mork and Mindy," and movies such as "Good Morning Vietnam," "Dead Poets Society," "Mrs. Doubfire," "The Birdcage," "Good Will Hunting," and the voice of Genie in Disney's "Aladdin."

Before that, Williams' fast-paced improvisational style was a huge influence on standup comedians. He was a legendary guest on late-night TV and teamed with Whoopi Goldberg and Billy Crystal for Comic Relief specials to help the homeless.


A statement from the White House read:
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.

Robin Williams was 63.

Police in California are expected to hold a news conference Tuesday afternoon to release more information on the death of Robin Williams.

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