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Obama tribute to 'one of a kind' Robin Williams

AFP | Tuesday, Aug 12, 2014

This file photo taken on March 23, 1998 shows US actor Robin Williams, winner for Best Supporting Actor in "Good Will Hunting", posing for photographers with the Oscar at the 70th Annual Academy Awards at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. Oscar-winning actor and comedian Robin Williams died from suspected suicide on August 11, 2014 after battling depression, triggering an outpouring of tributes to one of the most beloved entertainers of his generation.

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama and the US first family joined a national outpouring of grief Monday to pay tribute to the deceased actor and 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.

"He arrived in our lives as an alien - but he ended up touching every element of the human spirit," Obama added, referring to Williams' breakthrough television role as the extraterrestrial visitor Mork.

"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," the statement concluded.

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