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Groundbreaking improv comic Jonathan Winters dies

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Jonathan Winters in the 1963 classic,

Comedian Jonathan Winters, whose breakneck improvisations inspired Robin Williams, Jim Carrey and many others, died Thursday at his Montecito, Calif., home of natural causes. He was 87.

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Jonathan Winters, the cherub-faced comedian whose breakneck improvisations and misfit characters inspired the likes of Robin Williams and Jim Carrey, has died. He was 87. The Ohio native died Thursday evening at his Montecito, Calif., home of natural causes.
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    • Comedian Jonathan Winters, whose breakneck improvisations inspired Robin Williams, Jim Carrey and many others, died Thursday at his Montecito, Calif., home of natural causes. He was 87.
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