President Barack Obama praises late Robin Williams

UNITED States President Barack Obama has paid tribute to the late Robin Williams for his variety of roles and for "touching every element of the human spirit".

The President's comments follow those of Hollywood's elite and from devoted fans who cherished his sprawling acting career.

"Robin Williams was an airman, a doctor, a genie, a nanny, a president, a professor, a bangarang Peter Pan, and everything in between," President Obama said in a statement.

"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."

 

Tributes flow as world reels from the death of Robin Williams

ROBIN Williams' wife Susan Schneider has told about the sudden and tragic loss of her husband through a brief statement.

"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," she said.
 

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The Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Mara Buxbaum said the death is still to be investigated, with toxicology tests to come.

"This is a tragic and sudden loss," she said.

"The family respectfully asks for their privacy as they grieve during this very difficult time."

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Meanwhile, Hollywood royals have begun giving their tributes to the late, great Robin Williams.

News broke of his death earlier this morning, shocking the movie industry that once lauded the comedy actor enough to give him an Oscar.

Ellen Degeneres helped lead the chorus of sorrow for the lost joker.

Sarah Michelle Gellar, his co-star in The Crazy Ones show posted a mosaic of images with the late comedian.

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

Comedy star Robin Williams dead at 63

THE Oscar-winning comedian Robin Williams has died this morning at 63.

It appears the comic legend had been suffering depression.

He is perhaps best known for his turn as the loving dad who dons a dress and glasses to become Mrs Doubtfire.

Williams' publicist has issued the following statement:

"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."

Williams won an Oscar for his supporting role in Good Will Hunting.

He was to reprise his role in Mrs Doubtfire in an upcoming sequel.

The Marin County Coroner's office this morning put a preliminary cause of death as "suicide due to asphyxia".

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Statement from the Marin Sheriff, released on August 12, 2014 regarding the death of Robin Williams
Statement from the Marin Sheriff, released on August 12, 2014 regarding the death of Robin Williams


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