Robin Williams 1951 – 2014

The Oscar-winning actor, stand-up comedian and simply comic genius Robin Williams, whose range extended from manic mimicry to understated character portrayals, was found dead in his California home yesterday at the age of 63. Williams was a man with undeniably phenomenal charm, charisma and to boot, was just downright funny.

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In a statement, the local sheriff’s office said that it was treating the death of the 63-year-old star as a suspected suicide. His wife, Susan Schneider, confirmed the news in a statement released through the actor’s publicist. “This morning I lost my husband and 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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Williams, who was born in Chicago, brought a hyper-kinetic energy to screen roles and stand-up comedy. He rose to fame in the television series Mork and Mindy, which ran from 1978 to 1982, in which he played an alien who arrived on earth in an egg-shaped spacecraft, sent from the planet Ork to observe human life.

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He experienced a string of film successes, with Good Morning, Vietnam in 1987, Dead Poets Society in 1989, Awakenings in 1990, and the Fisher King and Hook in 1991. The nearly unbroken line of success continued with Aladdin in 1992 and Mrs Doubtfire, a 1993 comedy about a divorced father who impersonates a Scottish nanny to be closer to his children – a sequel was announced earlier this year. He won a best supporting actor Oscar for Good Will Hunting in 1998.

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Barack Obama and The White House released a superb statement saying: “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.”

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Steven Spielberg, who directed Hook, said: “Robin was a lightning storm of comic genius and our laughter was the thunder that sustained him. He was a pal and I can’t believe he’s gone.”

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Robin Williams’ spirit will live on in the memories he has given every one of us, a character both on and off screen. For now it is ‘nanu nanu‘, but we will meet again, soon.

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