Famed actor and comedian Robin Williams was born on July 21, 1951, in Chicago, Illinois. After developing his improvisational style as a stand-up comedian, Williams landed his own television show, Mork and Mindy, and moved into leading parts in film with Robert Altman's Popeye. He played numerous memorable film roles, both comedic and dramatic, and after three previous nominations won an Academy Award for best supporting actor for his role in Good Will Hunting. On August 11, 2014, the actor was found dead in his home at the age of 63.
Williams death (from Wikipedia) "At 11:45 a.m. PDT on August 11, 2014, Williams was discovered unresponsive at his home in Paradise Cay, near Tiburon, California, by his personal assistant. Police and firefighters responded to a 9-1-1 emergency call; Williams was pronounced dead shortly afterwards. It was reported that Williams had apparently hanged himself with a belt and died due to asphyxiation. No suicide note was left behind. According to his assistant, the final days of his life were spent sleeping up to eighteen hours a day in a bedroom with blackout curtains to prevent sunlight from entering. During his final days, Williams was often tired, barely able to lift himself out of bed and lost his appetite.
Williams was found dead after telling friends he had "serious money troubles" and had sought treatment for depression in the weeks before his death. The 63-year-old actor, who was once reputed to be worth $134 million, had complained of losing a large chunk of his fortune in alimony payments to his two ex-wives, and had been trying to sell his 600-acre ranch in California to raise funds. Williams's divorces are reported to have cost him $36 million, and he had put a substantial sum into trust funds for his three children Zachary, Zelda, and Cody, who were 31, 25, and 22 at the time of his death.
News of Williams's death spread quickly worldwide and the entertainment world, friends and fans responded to his sudden death through social media and other media outlets. President Barack Obama said of Williams, "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." Williams's daughter Zelda responded to her father's death by saying, "Dad was, is and always will be one of the kindest, most generous, gentlest souls I've ever known, and while there are few things I know for certain right now, one of them is that not just my world, but the entire world is forever a little darker, less colorful and less full of laughter in his absence. We'll just have to work twice as hard to fill it back up again"
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