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Barack Obama Calls Actor Robin Williams 'One of a Kind'

The President praised the actor in a statement Monday after the Oscar-winning funnyman was found dead in his California home.
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President Barack Obama expressed condolences to the family of comedy legend Robin Williams Monday, calling the actor “one of a kind.”

“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,” Obama said in a statement, referring to Williams’ role in “Mork & Mindy.”

“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.”

Williams, 63, was found dead in his California home Monday morning. Authorities suspect he committed suicide, and his representative said Williams had recently struggled with severe depression.



— Phil Helsel