President Obama Remembers Robin 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," the president said
President Barack Obama remembered the legacy of comedian 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," Obama said in a statement released Monday, referencing many of Williams' well-known roles in movies such as Aladdin, Good Will Hunting and Mork & Mindy. "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," Obama continued. "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."
Williams died at 63 on Aug. 11 from a suspected suicide in Tiburon, Calif., according to police in Marin County, Calif. The actor, a four-time Oscar nominee who won an Academy Award for 1997's Good Will Hunting, had "been battling severe depression of late," his publicist told The Hollywood Reporter. "This is a tragic and sudden loss. The family respectfully asks for their privacy as they grieve during this very difficult time."
He most recently starred in CBS' comedy The Crazy Ones, which lasted just one season. He was nominated for a People's Choice Award for his role as an advertising executive on the comedy, in which Sarah Michelle Gellar played his daughter.
Hollywood colleagues and friends are mourning the death of Williams, including Gellar, Happy Days' Henry Winkler, Danny DeVito, Jimmy Kimmel and License to Wed co-star John Krasinski.