Monday, August 11, 2014

Robin William dies as he lived, a square peg in a round hole

Authorities in northern California say comedian Robin Williams has died at the age of 63 at his home in Tiburon in Marin County. 
Entertainment Weekly said his agent declined to confirm the death was a suicide. The spokesman said, “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.” The sheriff's coroner's division said it suspects the death was a suicide due to asphyxia, as reported by CBC News. CNN said Williams was in rehab for the third time last month, suffering again from depression. 
Williams' last tweeted an Instagram pic devoted to his daughter Zelda Rae Williams, showing a photo from when she was a baby. Williams had become one of the nation's most beloved actors after first coming to the nation's attention in the silly role of a spaceman living in Boulder, Colorado, named Mork.
"He arrived in our lives as an alien – but he ended up touching every element of the human spirit," said President Barack Obama.

 He became such a powerful force, sometimes seeming out of control but always capable of taking over a stage in a live performance or in a movie or comedy recording. He later played many serious roles, and comedy roles that also were serious. The Hollywood Reporter also reported his death. The Washington Post said Marin County authorities suspected suicide. He won an Oscar for his supporting role in Good Will Hunting. He also won laughs playing a disc jockey in Vietnam. Williams even found humor in heart surgery in May 2009, flashing his chest scar to photographers. More recently the Juillard-trained actor played in "The Angriest Man in Brooklyn." which ironically was about a man who had 90 minutes to live. He was scheduled to play Theodore Roosevelt in a third installment of "Night at the Museum" at the year's end. Wikipedia said: "His film career included such acclaimed films as Good Morning, Vietnam (1987), Dead Poets Society (1989), Awakenings (1990), The Fisher King (1991), and Good Will Hunting (1997), as well as financial successes such as Popeye (1980), Hook (1991), Aladdin (1992), Mrs. Doubtfire (1993), Jumanji (1995), The Birdcage (1996), Night at the Museum (2006), and Happy Feet (2006). He also appeared in the video to "Don't Worry, Be Happy" by Bobby McFerrin." He was nominated for best actor three times, and also receivefd two Emmy Awards, four Golden Globes, two Screen Actors Guild Awards and five Grammies.

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