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US President, Hollywood celebrities pay tribute to Robin Williams

WASHINGTON: US President, Hollywood celebrities and many others paid tribute to veteran actor Robin Williams who was found dead on Monday from an apparent suicide at his home in Northern California.

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The 63 year old actor was found dead from an apparent suicide at his home in Northern California, Marin County Sheriff’s Office said.

President Barack Obama, in a statement making reference to the actor’s many roles said: “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. … 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.”

His wife Susan Schneider said in a statement: “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.”

Director Steven Spielberg said in a statement: “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.”

Officials from Twentieth Century Fox Television, the studio that produced Williams’s show “The Crazy Ones,” said in a statement: “Robin Williams was a comedy giant, and although we only knew him personally for a season, he was warm, funny and a true professional.”

Actor Steve Martin said on Twitter: “I could not be more stunned by the loss of Robin Williams, mensch, great talent, acting partner, genuine soul.”

Actor John Cryer said on Twitter: “We will try to carry on, but it won’t be any fun without you.”

Musician John Mayer said on Twitter: “The first thing I ever wanted to be when I grew up was Robin Williams’ inhabiting of Popeye.”

Actor Neil Patrick Harris said on Twitter: “I am stunned and just reeling from the news of Robin Williams’ death. He brought so much joy and heart to millions … Just, wow.”

Actress Minnie Driver said on Twitter: “My Heart’s broken. Robin was a beautiful, kind soul. Can’t bear that he’s gone. So incredibly sorry for his family.”

Comedian Margaret Cho said on Twitter: “I AM BEYOND DEVASTATED.”

Comedian Jimmy Kimmel said on Twitter: “Robin was as sweet a man as he was funny. If you’re sad, please tell someone.”

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Robin Williams with wife Susan Schneider

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