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8/12/2014 (5 months ago)

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Williams hung himself at his Tiburon, California home; no note was left

As "Mork from Ork," Robin Williams would begin his comedic routine slowly and logically, eventually emptying out things at a manic pace, in the manner of the contents of the Great Lakes through a water pistol. As a serious screen actor, Williams retained his comedic edge but there was no denying the unseen tears wept by the clown in his performances. After a lifetime of depression and substance abuse battles, Williams hung himself at his Tiburon, California home. He was 63.

Williams was one of the few small screen talents to successfully transition to movies. 'The World According to Garp,' 'One Hour Photo,' 'Jumanji,' the list goes on and on. He was an Oscar in 1997 for 'Good Will Hunting.'

Williams was one of the few small screen talents to successfully transition to movies. "The World According to Garp," "One Hour Photo," "Jumanji," the list goes on and on. He was an Oscar in 1997 for "Good Will Hunting."

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

8/12/2014 (5 months ago)

Published in Celebrity

Keywords: Robin Williams, movie star, TV star, suicide, death


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Williams' memorable performances will well over a mile long: "Good Will Hunting," "Good Morning Vietnam" and "Mrs. Doubtfire." He even provided the voice of the genie in Disney's "Aladdin."

"This morning I lost my husband and my best friend, while the world lost one if it's most beloved artists and beautiful human beings. I am utterly heartbroken," his third wife Susan Schneider said.

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Robin Williams, after a guest spot on TV

Robin Williams, after a guest spot on TV's "Happy Days," was awarded his own comedy TV series "Mork and Mindy," as a loquacious, lovable space alien. Here he is pictured with co-star Pam Dawber.


Williams had not been seen in public since his birthday three weeks ago. The married father of three was back in rehab "fine-tuning" his sobriety. He had been highly active over the past year. He had been working on six movies and a TV series.

Friends and colleagues such as Steven Spielberg, Steve Martin, Danny DeVito and Ben Stiller all took to social media to express their grief and offer condolences to Williams' third wife and three children, Zachary Pym, 31, Zelda Rae, 25 and Alan, 22.

Williams would find success on the big screen numerous times in such fare as "Dead Poets Society" an

Williams would find success on the big screen numerous times in such fare as "Dead Poets Society" and "The World According to Garp." Here he is with co-star Nathan Lane in "The Birdcage."


U.S. President Barack Obama issued a statement which read "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."

A statement from Williams' survivors was also released. "On behalf of Robin's family, we are asking for privacy during our time of profound grief. As he is remembered, it is our hope that the focus will not be on Robin's death but on the countless moments of joy and laughter he gave to millions."

Williams could bring riotous laughter, but he was capable of chilling audiences as well. In the susp

Williams could bring riotous laughter, but he was capable of chilling audiences as well. In the suspense thriller "One Hour Photo," he played a photo processing clerk who stalked his clients.


Honing his technique in comedy clubs, Williams shone as "Mork" in an episode of TV's "Happy Days." Awarded his own sitcom, "Mork and Mindy" ran for several years with costar Pam Dawber and later on, old-time comedian Jonathan Winters.

Williams was one of the few small screen talents to successfully transition to movies. "The World According to Garp," "One Hour Photo," "Jumanji," the list goes on and on. He was an Oscar in 1997 for "Good Will Hunting."

There was a noticeable downturn in Williams' personal life. Two disastrous previous marriages, as well as an ongoing addiction to alcohol and cocaine.

On July 21, in what could be the last picture of the comedy giant, Robin Williams posted this photog

On July 21, in what could be the last picture of the comedy giant, Robin Williams posted this photograph to Instagram on his birthday of himself and his "Night at the Museum" co-star, Crystal the monkey, who will also be familiar to viewers of the "Hangover" trilogy.


Marin County ambulance workers had confirmed that Williams had taken his own life when they reported his cause of death as an apparent suicide. Medics found Williams not breathing at his mansion outside of San Francisco Monday evening.   

It was a devastatingly tragic end to a man who brought the world much laughter. Perhaps the most eloquent quote regarding Williams' life and times comes from Jamie Masada, founder and chief executive of the Laugh Factory comedy club in Los Angeles. "He was always in character - you never saw the real Robin . I knew him 35 years, and I never knew him."

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Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for January 2015
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That those from diverse religious traditions and all people of good will may work together for peace.
Missionary Intention: That in this year dedicated to consecrated life, religious men and women may rediscover the joy of following Christ and strive to serve the poor with zeal.



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