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Tuesday, 12 August 2014

'He made us laugh, he made us cry': Obama leads tributes to Robin Williams as the beloved comic is found dead in apparent suicide at his California home following a long battle against depression

President Obama has led the tributes to Robin Williams after the comic genius was found dead aged 63 from an apparent suicide in his home, police in California said on Monday night.
Praising the Oscar winning actor's versatility, the president issued a touching statement, speaking volumes for the comedians huge impact on American culture throughout the past 35-years.
'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.'
Tragic passing: American actor and comedian Robin Williams poses for a photograph in Sydney in 2011 while he was promoting his voice over work in Happy Feet 2
Tragic passing: American actor and comedian Robin Williams poses for a photograph in Sydney in 2011 while he was promoting his voice over work in Happy Feet 2
Emergency crews were called to the legendary comics house in Marin County, just north of San Francisco at approximately noon and his third wife, Susan Schneider
issued a statement confirming the 63-year-old's death.
Speaking of her ‘profound grief’, Schneider, who Williams married in a Napa Valley ceremony in 2011 said, '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, who won an Academy Award for his supporting role as a fatherly therapist in the 1997 drama Good Will Hunting, had been suffering from severe depression recently.
'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,' said Schneider.
A statement by the Marin County Sheriff's Department in California said: 'On August 11, 2014, at approximately 11:55 am, Marin County Communications received a 9-1-1 telephone call reporting a male adult had been located unconscious and not breathing inside his residence in unincorporated Tiburon, California. The male subject, pronounced deceased at 12:02 pm has been identified as Robin McLaurin Williams.'
‘The Sheriff’s Office, as well as the Tiburon Fire Department and Southern Marin Fire Protection District were dispatched to the incident with emergency personnel arriving on scene at 12pm.
Possible last picture of the comedy great: Three weeks ago Robin Williams posted this photograph to Instagram on his birthday of himself and his Night at the Museum co-star, Crystal the monkey, who will also be familiar to viewers of the Hangover trilogy
Possible last picture of the comedy great: Three weeks ago Robin Williams posted this photograph to Instagram on his birthday of himself and his Night at the Museum co-star, Crystal the monkey, who will also be familiar to viewers of the Hangover trilogy

Devastating: Robin Williams with his wife, Susan Schneider, who he married in 2011. She released a statement on Monday after his tragic deathDevastating: Robin Williams with his wife, Susan Schneider, who he married in 2011. She released a statement on Monday after his tragic death
Devastating: Robin Williams with his third wife, Susan Schneider, who he married in 2011. She released a statement on Monday after his tragic death

Often dubbed 'the funniest man alive', Williams fought drug and alcohol problems from the time he was still appearing in Mork & Mindy--right at the start of his fame.
As recently as this past July, Williams would reconnect with the 12-step program he's so often championed, this time during a brief stay at a Minnesota facility.
One of his last photographs: This photograph of Robin Williams was taken in July at a local Dairy Queen in Minnesota during his stay at a rehabilitation facility which he checked himself into for treatment for alcohol addiction
One of his last photographs: This photograph of Robin Williams was taken in July at a local Dairy Queen in Minnesota during his stay at a rehabilitation facility which he checked himself into for treatment for alcohol addiction
He was pictured meeting a worker at a local Diary Queen near the facility
Publicist Mara Buxbaum said at the time that Williams had not fallen off the wagon, but was 'taking the opportunity to fine-tune and focus on his continued commitment, of which he remains extremely proud.'
Indeed, behind the laughter on and off stage and camera, Williams endured a struggle with personal demons that manifested themselves in well publicized drug and alcohol problems.
Williams was a close friend of Blues Brothers and Saturday Night Live star John Belushi and was one of the last people to see the actor alive before his death by drugs overdose at the Chateau Marmont Hotel in Los Angeles in 1982.
The star of Good Morning Vietnam said that experience forced him to evaluate his own wild lifestyle and led to him seeking help for his addictions to alcohol and cocaine.
'Was it a wake-up call? Oh yeah, on a huge level,' he once said.
Williams managed to maintain his sobriety for two decades but in 2006, relapsed and sought treatment.
Williams described his family's reaction to the his relapse in a September 2013 Parade Magazine interview:

Oscar winner Robin Williams dead at 63


Sad: The home of actor and comedian Robin Williams on August 11, 2014 in Tiburon, California. Academy Award-winning actor and comedian Robin Willias was found dead in his Marin County home earlier today of an apparent suicide
Sad: The home of actor and comedian Robin Williams on August 11, 2014 in Tiburon, California. Academy Award-winning actor and comedian Robin Willias was found dead in his Marin County home earlier today of an apparent suicide
'It was not an intervention so much as an ultimatum. Everyone kind of said, 'You’ve got to do this.' And I went, 'Yeah, you’re right.'
His divorce from his wife of 19 years and mother of two of his three children, film producer Marsha Garces, came a couple of years later and many outside his family's inner circle opening suspected his substance abuse struggles were to blame.
The relapses, it seems, had happened before. In that same Parade interview, Williams described a 2003 relapse, which came after 20 years of sobriety, to the magazine:
'One day I walked into a store and saw a little bottle of Jack Daniel’s. And then that voice—I call it the lower power—goes, "Hey. Just a taste." Just one.’ I drank it, and there was that brief moment of "Oh, I’m okay!" But it escalated so quickly. Within a week I was buying so many bottles I sounded like a wind chime walking down the street. I knew it was really bad one Thanksgiving when I was so drunk they had to take me upstairs.'
He described feelings of loneliness and fear that pushed him back towards alcohol at the time he was filming Christopher Nolan's Insomnia in Alaska with Al Pacino.
'I was in a small town where it's not the edge of the world, but you can see it from there, and then I thought: drinking. I just thought, hey, maybe drinking will help. Because I felt alone and afraid. It was that thing of working so much, and going f***, maybe that will help. And it was the worst thing in the world.'
First wife: Robin Williams with his first wife Valerie Velardi, who was married to the comic from 1978 to 1988 and (right) his second wife, Marsha Garces, who was married to the Oscar winner from 1989 to 2010First wife: Robin Williams with his first wife Valerie Velardi, who was married to the comic from 1978 to 1988 and (right) his second wife, Marsha Garces, who was married to the Oscar winner from 1989 to 2010
First wife: Robin Williams with his first wife Valerie Velardi, who was married to the comic from 1978 to 1988 and (right) his second wife, Marsha Garces, who was married to the Oscar winner from 1989 to 2010

In a revealing interview with ABC News' Diane Sawyer in 2006, the legendary comic opened up about drinking again and said that his descent back into alcoholism was 'very gradual'.
'It's the same voice thought that … you're standing at a precipice and you look down, there's a voice and it's a little quiet voice that goes, 'Jump,' Williams told Sawyer. 
With trademark humor, Williams attempted to make some light of his battle with the bottle during his interview with Sawyer, calling addiction a predator that lies in wait and is always present.
'It's fine now, I'm OK. Then, the next thing you know, it's not OK. Then you realize, 'Where am I? I didn't realize I was in Cleveland'.
While he recently sought help in Minnesota, in 2006, Williams spent two months in Orgeon's Hazelden Springbrook treatment center.
In 2006, he said that he was only drinking, having kicked his well-documented problems with cocaine.
Williams often seemed at odds with his public persona, struggling to be seen as something more than just man with a gift to make people laugh.
'It's hard because people want to know you're a certain thing,' he told The LA Times in 1991.
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Thank you for the laughter: A woman leaves flowers outside the home of actor and comedian Robin Williams in Tiburon, California August 11, 2014
Thank you for the laughter: A woman leaves flowers outside the home of actor and comedian Robin Williams in Tiburon, California August 11, 2014
'They still say, 'That's the little manic guy. He's the little adrenaline guy. Oh, yeah, he touches himself. He doesn't do that anymore. But wait a minute. He's the little manic guy who played the really quiet guy and then the really scary guy. Oh, no, wait....'
Others often saw his manic need to tell jokes as a classic shield to hide his real feelings.
'He was always in character — you never saw the real Robin,' said Jamie Masada, founder and chief executive of the Laugh Factory to The LA Times.
'I knew him 35 years, and I never knew him.'
'He was a wonderful guy,' Masada said to The LA Times.
'I remember John Belushi and Robin, both of them always complained to me — no matter where they were people would recognize them.
'They sold their privacy to the public. They could be in the middle of talking in the street and someone would come up for an autograph.... he didn't realize how much he sold his privacy to people.'
Williams' last tweet and Instagram came on July 31, in which he wished his daughter, Zelda Rae, a happy 25th birthday, posting a picture of himself with her as a child. 'Quarter of a century old today but always my baby girl,' he captioned the photo.
Robin Williams’ half-brother has paid tribute to the star, saying he meant a ‘very great deal’ to him.
McLaurin Smith-Williams, 67, shared a mother, Laura McLaurin, with the tragic comic - who was found dead from apparent suicide at his home in Tiburon, California, earlier today - and is still coming to terms with the shocking news.

'VERY SAD, VERY UPSET': COMEDY LEGEND's ONSCREEN MRS. DOUBTFIRE DAUGHTER MARA WILSON LEADS TRIBUTES

Tributes were pouring in after the shocking news of Robin Williams' death broke on Monday.
Two decades on: Mara Wilson was six-years-old when she starred with Robin Williams in Mrs. Doubtfire and took to Twitter on Monday to express her grief at Robin Williams' death
Two decades on: Mara Wilson was six-years-old when she starred with Robin Williams in Mrs. Doubtfire and took to Twitter on Monday to express her grief at Robin Williams' death

Mara Wilson, who played his on-screen daughter in Mrs Doubtfire, was amongst the first to pay their respects to the late actor, whose tragic death aged 63 at his Tiburon, California home is being treated as suspected suicide.
The actress, who is now 27, was devastated. She tweeted: 'Very sad, very upset, very glad I did not have to hear about this though Twitter. Probably going to be taking some time off it for a while.'
Sally Field, who also starred in the movie, said in a statement: 'I feel stunned and so sad about Robin. I'm sad for the world of comedy. And so very sad for his family. And I'm sad for Robin.
'He always lit up when he was able to make people laugh, and he made them laugh his whole life long.... tirelessly. He was one of a kind. There will not be another. Please God, let him now rest in peace
Robin's representative told MailOnline: 'Robin Williams passed away this morning. He has been battling severe depression of late.
'This is a tragic and sudden loss. The family respectfully asks for their privacy as they grieve during this very difficult time.'


Sadness: The Matilda actress, 27, said she'd need some time away from the social network

Sadness: The Matilda actress, 27, said she'd need some time away from the social network
Close: Mara played Robin's on-screen daughter in 1993's Mrs. Doubtfire. They are pictured centre with Lisa Jakub (L) and Matthew Lawrence (R)
Close: Mara played Robin's on-screen daughter in 1993's Mrs. Doubtfire. They are pictured centre with Lisa Jakub (L) and Matthew Lawrence (R)
When contacted at his home in Memphis, Tennessee, he exclusively told MailOnline: ‘I would very much not like to talk about this right now. He means a very great deal to me. Thank you.’
McLaurin has previously talked about how Robin and his other half brother Todd – who had the same father as the funnyman, but who passed away in 2007 – used to meet up with their families every year.
He told the Chicago Tribune in 1991: ‘All three of us grew up as only children - Todd, myself and Robin. I was adopted by my mother’s parents after her divorce from her first marriage. Todd grew up with his mother.
‘We all get along famously. Todd is no blood relation to me, but we’re real close.’
Robin’s first two wives, Valerie Velardi, whom he was wed to from 1978 to 1988 and Marsha Garces Williams, whom he was married to from 1989 to 2008, have yet to comment on his passing.
Robin is also survived by his three children; son Zachary Pym, 31, who he had with Valerie and Cody Alan, 22, and daughter Zelda Rae, 25, who he had with Marsha.
Tributes poured in after the shocking news of Robin Williams' death broke on Monday.
Ellen DeGeneres and Steve Martin were amongst the first to pay their respects to the late actor, whose tragic death aged 63 at his Tiburon, California home is being treated as suspected suicide.
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Goodbye: A neighbor brings flowers to place at the front gate of US actor Robin Williams house on 11 August 2014. Oscar-winning actor and comedian Robin Williams was found dead of an apparent suicide in his Tiburon home, near San Francisco on MondayGoodbye: A neighbor brings flowers to place at the front gate of US actor Robin Williams house on 11 August 2014. Oscar-winning actor and comedian Robin Williams was found dead of an apparent suicide in his Tiburon home, near San Francisco on Monday
Goodbye: A neighbor brings flowers to place at the front gate of US actor Robin Williams house on 11 August 2014. Oscar-winning actor and comedian Robin Williams was found dead of an apparent suicide in his Tiburon home, near San Francisco on Monday

Touching: AJ Polis leaves a flower alongside a placard and a photo of the late actor Robin Williams as Mork from Ork, as people pay their respects at the home where the 80's TV series "Mork & Mindy",was set, in Boulder, Colorado
Touching: AJ Polis leaves a flower alongside a placard and a photo of the late actor Robin Williams as Mork from Ork, as people pay their respects at the home where the 80's TV series "Mork & Mindy",was set, in Boulder, Colorado
'I can’t believe the news about Robin Williams. He gave so much to so many people. I’m heartbroken,' Ellen tweeted after hearing the news.
The actor's friend and contemporary Steve Martin, who he starred alongside in the play Waiting For Godot, said: 'I could not be more stunned by the loss of Robin Williams, mensch, great talent, acting partner, genuine soul.'
His Night at the Museum co-star Ben Stiller was overcome with sadness at the passing of his hero.
Describing meeting the comedy legend at age 13, Stiller wrote on Twitter that Williams' 'impact on the world was so positive. He did so much good for people. He made me and so many people laugh so hard for a very long time.'
Another comedy legend, Danny DeVito, simply wrote that he was 'Heartbroken' on hearing the news of Robin Williams' apparent suicide.
Double Oscar winner Kevin Spacey wrote that 'Robin Williams made the world laugh and think. I will remember and honor that. A great man, artist and friend. I will miss him beyond measure.'
His co-star Pam Dawber, who starred with Williams in his breakout role on Mork and Mindy said, 'I am completely and totally devastated. What more can be said?'
The comedian would often film segments for the iconic children's show Sesame Street and the program tweeted there tribute to Williams.
'We mourn the loss of our friend Robin Williams, who always made us laugh and smile.'

LIFE AND TIMES OF A BELOVED AMERICAN COMEDIAN: ROBIN WILLIAMS' UNSTOPPABLE RISE TO FAME

Born in Chicago in 1951, the four-time Oscar nominee and one-time winner started as a funnyman and soon proved he could also captivate America with his skills as an improvisor and dramatic actor.
Actor Robin Williams has died aged 63 from an apparent suicide, police in California said tonight
Actor Robin Williams has died aged 63 from an apparent suicide, police in California said tonight

Despite his lifetime battle with depression and substance abuse, the four-time Oscar nominee was in the midst of a career Renaissance of sorts.
In December, Williams will reprise his role of Teddy Roosevelt in the third installment of the Night at the Museum franchise.
The Chicago-born funnyman had also recently made headlines after he signed on to once again play the cross-dressing Mrs. Doubtfire in a sequel to the 1993 family comedy.
Williams' star power and status as one of America's most adored comedians had never really gone away throughout his 35-plus year career.
He first became a household name in 1978 with his breakout role as alien come to earth Mork in the ABC comedy Mork & Mindy after debuting the role on Happy Days.
Partly on the power of his sitcom's popularity, Williams soon made his big screen debut in Robert Altman's 1980 comedy Popeye as the spinach-loving muscleman.
Reviews were mixed for the live action film, but Williams easily moved on to such successes as The World According to Garp, The Survivors and Moscow on the Hudson.
At 36, Williams took his career another great leap forward thanks to the undeniable magnetism he put on display in 1987's Good Morning Vietnam.
The role would win him his first Academy Award nomination. He would go on to receive three more nods and one statue, for his role of Sean Maguire in the 1998 hit Good Will Hunting alongside a fresh-faced Matt Damon.
Big break to top of his profession: Robin Williams and Mindy McConnell in Mork and Mindy which ran from 1978 to 1982 and launched the comedian to national prominence before his Oscar win for Good Will Hunting in 1997 (right)Big break to top of his profession: Robin Williams and Mindy McConnell in Mork and Mindy which ran from 1978 to 1982 and launched the comedian to national prominence before his Oscar win for Good Will Hunting in 1997 (right)
Big break to top of his profession: Robin Williams and Mindy McConnell in Mork and Mindy which ran from 1978 to 1982 and launched the comedian to national prominence before his Oscar win for Good Will Hunting in 1997 (right)

He also played for tears in Awakenings, Dead Poets Society and What Dreams May Come, something that led New York Times critic Stephen Holden to once say he dreaded seeing the actor's 'Humpty Dumpty grin and crinkly moist eyes.'
Williams also won three Golden Globes, for Good Morning, Vietnam, Mrs. Doubtfire and The Fisher King.
Williams was well known for his charitable spirit and work off screen with organizations like Comic Relief, the Christopher & Diana Reeve Foundation and St. Jude Children's Hospital.
Entertainment executive Jeff Katzenberg recalled his friend Williams' charitable work in an interview with the LA Times.
'There were so many ways and so many things he did for so many people,' Katzenberg told the Times in an interview. 'He really had just a giant heart and that's what makes me so sad.'
Dressed in drag for one of his most famous roles as Mrs Doubtfire, Robin Williams brought joy to millions with his performance as the Scottish nanny in the 1993 Hollywood movie smashDressed in drag for one of his most famous roles as Mrs Doubtfire, Robin Williams brought joy to millions with his performance as the Scottish nanny in the 1993 Hollywood movie smash
Dressed in drag for one of his most famous roles as Mrs Doubtfire, Robin Williams brought joy to millions with his performance as the Scottish nanny in the 1993 Hollywood movie smash

Along with Whoopi Goldberg and Billy Crystal, Williams started hosting an annual Comic Relief fundraising special to benefit the homeless in 1986.
He'd since helped to raise some $80 million for the charity.
Following Williams on stage, Billy Crystal once observed, was like trying to top the Civil War.
Winner of a Grammy in 2003 for best spoken comedy album, 'Robin Williams - Live 2002,' he once likened his act to the daily jogs he took across the Golden Gate Bridge. There were times he would look over the edge, one side of him pulling back in fear, the other insisting he could fly.
'You have an internal critic, an internal drive that says, `OK, you can do more.' Maybe that's what keeps you going,' Williams said. 'Maybe that's a demon. ... Some people say, `It's a muse.' No, it's not a muse! It's a demon! DO IT YOU BASTARD!! HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! THE LITTLE DEMON!!
Former Tonight Show host, Jay Leno reminisced when he 'saw him on stage the very first time he auditioned at The Improv in Los Angeles. And we have been friends ever since. It's a very sad day.'
'We have lost one of our most inspired and gifted comic minds, as well as one of this generation’s greatest actors,' said Chris Columbus, who directed Williams in Mrs. Doubtfire'.
Ex-CNN host Larry King told the network that he would always remember Williams as 'a genuine caring guy. Not just a funny man, but a guy who cared about people.'
Henry Winkler of Happy Days shared the very first scene which introduced America to the character of Mork for a 1974 episode of the iconic comedy show.
Winkler told CNN that during the Happy Days scene he realized instantly he 'was in the presence of greatness.'
'I just realized my only job is to keep a straight face,' said Winkler, who of course played The Fonz.
'And it was impossible. Because no matter what you said to him, no matter what line you gave to him, he took it in, processed it, and then it flew out of his mouth, never the same way twice.
'And it was incredibly funny every time.'
Miley Cyrus revealed that she was in floods of tears, writing: 'I can't take the Robin Williams news. I've never cried over someone I've never met but I can't stop.'

ROBIN WILLIAMS: ICONIC ROLES OF AN INCOMPARABLE COMIC GENIUS

Robin Williams first entered America's hearts as Mork in Happy Days and then Mork & Mindy
Robin Williams first entered America's hearts as Mork in Happy Days and then Mork & Mindy

The kinetic bundle of energy that was Robin Williams took on many forms during a long and versatile career. He may have been best known for his fast-talking, funnyman roles, but he mesmerized in serious ones as well - creepy ones, too - and was memorable well beyond the big screen: on television, on the comedy stage, even on Broadway. Here are 10 of Williams' most distinctive roles - and the list could be much longer:

GOOD WILL HUNTING (1997) - A rare but welcome serious role for Williams, who played the stubborn yet empathetic therapist who was somehow able to help math prodigy Will Hunting (Matt Damon) figure out how to handle his life. Won a supporting actor Oscar.
MRS. DOUBTFIRE (1991) - Who couldn't love a bumbling dad who dressed up as a portly nanny - with a latex mask, a wig and a Scottish accent - in order to spend time with his young kids? (A sequel was in the works.)
ALADDIN (1992) - Will it ever be possible to see a cartoon genie and not think of Williams? Remember him shooting out of that bottle: "Ten thousand years will give you SUCH a crick in the neck!"
GOOD MORNING, VIETNAM (1987) - Williams' fast-talking style was perfect for the role of a DJ on Armed Forces Radio during the Vietnam War. (First Oscar nomination.)
ONE HOUR PHOTO (2002) - Another serious role, and it was a creepy one: Williams played a photo counter worker at a huge suburban store who got a little too involved in the lives of his customers when he realized one of them was having an affair.
Good Morning, Vietnam earned Williams his first Oscar nod and proved he had the chops to be a serious biog screen actor
Good Morning, Vietnam earned Williams his first Oscar nod and proved he had the chops to be a serious biog screen actor

DEAD POETS SOCIETY (1989) - Played an unconventional poetry teacher who taught his Vermont boarding school students to stand on their desks, think on their own, and "seize the day." (Second Oscar nomination.)
THE FISHER KING (1991) - Williams played a half-mad homeless man, convinced that the Holy Grail was sitting in the Fifth Avenue abode of a billionaire. (Third Oscar nomination).
MORK & MINDY (1978-1982) - Mork from Ork. Nanu, nanu. What more need be said? This TV series, a spinoff of Happy Days, is how many of us first learned of Williams' sublime nuttiness.
MOSCOW ON THE HUDSON (1984) - Williams played a Russian - and quite credibly, too - in this film about a comically lovable circus saxophonist, Vladimir, who defects while touring New York (turning himself in at Bloomingdale's, naturally.)
BENGAL TIGER AT THE BAGHDAD ZOO (2011) - Appearing on Broadway, Williams gave an admirably thoughtful performance in the role of a tiger - actually, the ghost of a dead tiger - locked up at the Baghdad Zoo at the time of the U.S. invasion in 2003.
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Wake up call? Williams was a good friend and fellow hard partier of the late John Belushi, whose death from a drug overdose Williams would later call a wake up call
Mia Farrow was in shock as she posted: 'No! Robin Williams you were so loved. Awful news.'
Sharon Osbourne also shared her sadness on Twitter, telling her followers: 'I’m so sad and devastated to hear of the passing of Robin Williams.  My thoughts are with his family.'
Her son Jack added: 'RIP @robinwilliams you will be missed. Thank you for making us all laugh for so long.'
On Monday in California, the sheriff said, ‘An investigation into the cause, manner, and circumstances of the death is currently underway by the Investigations and Coroner Divisions of the Sheriff’s Office. 


‘Preliminary information developed during the investigation indicates Mr Williams was last seen alive at his residence, where he resides with his wife, at approximately 10pm on August 10, 2014.

‘Mr Williams was located this morning shortly before the 911 call was placed to Marin County Communications.
'At this time, the Sheriff’s Office Coroner Division suspects the death to be a suicide due to asphyxia, but a comprehensive investigation must be completed before a final determination is made.
‘A forensic examination is currently scheduled for August 12, 2014 with subsequent toxicology testing to be conducted.’
Sure to grow: A bouquet of flowers and a mock Oscar statue lay on Robin Williams star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles on Monday
Sure to grow: A bouquet of flowers and a mock Oscar statue lay on Robin Williams star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles on Monday

His family also issued this statement on the tragic passing of the Oscar winner.
'Robin Williams passed away this morning. He has been battling severe depression of late,' Mara Buxbaum, press representative, said in a statement.

'This is a tragic and sudden loss. The family respectfully asks for their privacy as they grieve during this very difficult time.'

From his breakthrough in the late 1970s as the alien in the hit TV show 'Mork and Mindy,' through his standup act and such films as 'Good Morning, Vietnam,' the short, barrel-chested Williams ranted and shouted as if just sprung from solitary confinement.
Loud, fast, manic, he parodied everyone from John Wayne to Keith Richards, impersonating a Russian immigrant as easily as a pack of Nazi attack dogs.
He was a riot in drag in 'Mrs. Doubtfire,' or as a cartoon genie in 'Aladdin.' He won his Academy Award in a rare, but equally intense dramatic role, as a teacher in the 1997 film 'Good Will Hunting.'
He was no less on fire in interviews.
Tragic: Last instagram: Robin Williams uploaded this picture to Instagram two weeks ago to celebrate the 25th birthday of his daughter, Zelda Rae Williams
Tragic: Last instagram: Robin Williams uploaded this picture to Instagram two weeks ago to celebrate the 25th birthday of his daughter, Zelda Rae Williams
Father and daughter: Actress Zelda Williams and father actor Robin Williams attend the House Of D film premiere at Loews Lincoln Square in New York in 2005 and (right)Father and daughter: Actress Zelda Williams and father actor Robin Williams attend the House Of D film premiere at Loews Lincoln Square in New York in 2005 and (right) Zelda seen in November, 2013
Father and daughter: Actress Zelda Williams and father actor Robin Williams attend the House Of D film premiere at Loews Lincoln Square in New York in 2005 and (right) Zelda seen in November, 2013


Rest in peace: Robin, whose death is being treated as a suspected suicide, leaves behind wife Susan Schneider. They are pictured in August 2010
Rest in peace: Robin, whose death is being treated as a suspected suicide, leaves behind wife Susan Schneider. They are pictured in August 2010



Friends: Robin Williams, from left, Whoopi Goldberg and Billy Crystal posing after hoasting "Comic Relief" at Caesars Palace Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada in 2006 - social media has been awash with shock in the aftermath of the news of the comedians passing
Friends: Robin Williams, from left, Whoopi Goldberg and Billy Crystal posing after hoasting "Comic Relief" at Caesars Palace Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada in 2006 - social media has been awash with shock in the aftermath of the news of the comedians passing

During a 1989 chat with The Associated Press, he could barely stay seated in his hotel room, or even mention the film he was supposed to promote, as he free-associated about comedy and the cosmos.
'There's an Ice Age coming,' he said. 'But the good news is there'll be daiquiris for everyone and the Ice Capades will be everywhere. The lobster will keep for at least 100 years, that's the good news. The Swanson dinners will last a whole millennium. The bad news is the house will basically be in Arkansas.'
Like so many funnymen, he had serious ambitions, winning his Oscar for his portrayal of an empathetic therapist in 'Good Will Hunting.'



Oscar winner: Robin Williams took home the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in 1997 for his role alongside Matt Damon in Good Will Hunting
Oscar winner: Robin Williams took home the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in 1997 for his role alongside Matt Damon in Good Will Hunting

Iconic introduction: Robin Williams in character as disc-jockey Adrian Cronauer in director Barry Levinsons comedy drama, 'Good Morning Vietnam' - for which he was nominated for a Best Actor Oscar in 1988
Iconic introduction: Robin Williams in character as disc-jockey Adrian Cronauer in director Barry Levinsons comedy drama, 'Good Morning Vietnam' - for which he was nominated for a Best Actor Oscar in 1988



The Chicago-born funnyman had also recently made headlines after he signed on to once again play the cross-dressing Mrs. Doubtfire in a sequel to the 1993 family comedy.

Williams' star power and status as one of America's most adored comedians had never really gone away throughout his 35-plus year career.
He first became a household name in 1978 with his breakout role as zany alien come to earth Mork in the ABC comedy Mork & Mindy and hit star status with Good Morning Vietnam in 1987.
The role would win him his first Academy Award nomination. He would go on to receive three more nods and one statue, for his role of Sean Maguire in the 1998 hit Good Will Hunting alongside a fresh-faced Matt Damon.
The undeniable success did not always bring Williams the happiness his gifts gave audiences.
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For laughs: Robin Williams performs at the 7th Annual Andre Agassi Charitable Foundation's Grand Slam for Children benefit concert on September 28, 2002 at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada
For laughs: Robin Williams performs at the 7th Annual Andre Agassi Charitable Foundation's Grand Slam for Children benefit concert on September 28, 2002 at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada


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