UPDATE: Comedian Robin Williams Dead in Apparent Suicide

  Obama calls Robin Williams `one of a kind'
   CHILMARK, Mass. (AP) -- President Obama is calling Robin Williams "one of a kind" who shared his talent "freely and generously with those who needed it most."
   Williams was pronounced dead at his home in California Monday and officials said it appeared to be a suicide.
   Obama said in a statement issued Monday night that Williams "arrived in our lives as an alien -- but he ended up touching every element of the human spirit," referring to Williams' late 1970s role in the TV show "Mork and Mindy."
   The president said the actor was generous with his comic talents for those who needed it, including troops abroad.
   The statement said: "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."
 

SAN RAFAEL, Calif. (AP) -- Oscar-winner Robin Williams, whose free-form comedy and adept impressions dazzled audiences for decades, has died in an apparent suicide. He was 63.

The Marin County Sheriff's Office says Williams was pronounced dead at his home in California on Monday. The sheriff's office says a preliminary investigation shows the cause of death to be a suicide due to asphyxia.

Williams shot to fame in the late `70s as the alien in TV's "Mork and Mindy." He conquered the big screen in comic films such as "Good Morning, Vietnam" and "Mrs. Doubtfire." But he won his Academy Award in a serious role -- as the therapist in "Good Will Hunting."

His performing style was at its purest in his standup act, as he impersonated a Russian immigrant or parodied anyone from John Wayne to Keith Richards.


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