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Robin Williams, comedian and gamer, gone at age 63

Robin Williams, comedian and actor, died earlier today in his home in California in what investigators believe was suicide by asphyxiation. He was 63.

Williams and daughter Zelda, share a moment playing the Legend of Zelda on the 3DS
Williams and daughter Zelda, share a moment playing the Legend of Zelda on the 3DSNintendo

According to a media representative of Williams, the actor had been battling depression. The wife of Williams, Susan Schneider, sent a statement to CNN asking fans to remember her husband for all the joy he brought to them.

Williams was known for his often comedic roles that filled theaters up with laughter. His acting skills were much wider than that however, as he earned the Oscar for best supporting actor for his performance in the 1997 drama, Good Will Hunting.

For those in the video game community, Williams was an incredibly popular figure. His daughter, Zelda Williams, was named after the Nintendo princess. When Williams' wife was pregnant, their son Zachary suggested the name "Zelda" due to the love the family had for the original Legend of Zelda game.

"Hours on hours would go by and we'd become completely immersed in the epic adventure," Williams told Official Nintendo Magazine in a 2011 interview. "My favorite part was solving the puzzles. I loved exploring every room to find secret passages and hidden objects. I vividly remember the sound the doors would make when they opened."

Williams has stated that The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time was one of his favorite games, while his daughter preferred Majora's Mask. He was also a big fan of the Portal series as well as the Call of Duty franchise.

When The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3DS was released in 2011, Williams was featured in a commercial for the game along with his daughter, Zelda. Their touching and humorous interaction is one of the many reasons that Williams was adored.