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Robin Williams

Obama praises Robin Williams: 'He was one of a kind'

President Obama released this statement Monday night, on the death of Robin Williams:

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. [President Obama]

The legendary actor and comedian was found dead in his home, in an apparent suicide, after having struggled with severe depression.