Remembering Robin Williams

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — The world is mourning the loss of one of America’s favorite comedic actors. Academy Award winner Robin Williams died in an apparent suicide. He was 63-years-old.

The Marin County Sheriff’s Office found the 63-year old actor unresponsive inside his home on Monday. He was pronounced dead at the scene. A preliminary investigation shows the cause of death to be a suicide due to asphyxia.

Williams’ wife Susan Schneider released a statement on her husband’s passing, “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 wife statementPresident Obama is calling Williams “one of a kind” a man who shared his talent “freely and generously with those who needed it most.” The President said in a statement Monday that Williams “arrived in our lives as an alien, but he ended up touching every element of the human spirit,” referring to Williams’ role in the late 1970s television show “Mork and Mindy.” As Mork from the planet Ork, Williams became a household name.

After Mork and Mindy ended after a four year run in 1982, Williams showed he could do more than make people laugh. He showed his dramatic side in 1982’s “The World According to Garp”. He appeared in more dramatic roles including: “The Fisher King”, “Good Morning Vietnam”, and “Dead Poets Society”. He finally won his only Oscar statue in 1998 for “Good Will Hunting”.

Williams never stopped being funny even when the topics seemed serious. He helped launch and co-hosted 8 comic relief telethons. The telethons raised more than $50 million for the homeless.

In 2013 Williams returned to the small screen, starring in the CBS sitcom “The Crazy Ones”, where he would re-unite with his old friend, Pam Dawber better known as Mindy.

Copyright 2014 WIAT 42 News

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