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Comedian and actor Robin Williams found dead at age 63

Leah Zanolla | Posted: Aug 12, 2014 | Updated: Oct 19, 2014 - 9:25:27 AM
Robin Williams, an actor, comedian and Disney Legend, was found dead in his home on Monday, August 11. Williams, 63, died of an apparent suicide by asphyxiation. He became a Disney Legend in 2009 for his work in ABC's Mork & Mindy, the Disney-produced film Good Morning, Vietnam and his portrayal of the Genie in Aladdin. His work in Aladdin showcased just how important using an established star as a voice actor could be. Williams also voiced "The Timekeeper" attraction at Walt Disney World, telling the story of a time-traveling robot and her journeys around the world with Jules Verne.

Bob Iger, Disney chairman, said, "We're deeply saddened by the loss of Robin Williams, a wonderfully gifted man who touched our hearts and never failed to make us laugh. An incredible actor and a comedic genius, Robin will always be remembered for bringing some of the world's favorite characters to life, from his zany alien on ABC's Mork & Mindy to the irascible genie in Disney's Aladdin. We join Robin's friends and fans everywhere in mourning, and offer our thoughts and condolences to his family during this difficult time."

President Barack Obama made this statement: "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."