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Robin Williams, the Academy Award winner and comic supernova whose explosions of pop culture riffs and impressions dazzled audiences for decades and made him a gleamy-eyed laureate for the Information Age, died Monday in an apparent suicide.
Robin Williams, the Academy Award winner and comic supernova whose explosions of pop culture riffs and impressions dazzled audiences for decades and made him a gleamy-eyed laureate for the Information Age, died Monday in an apparent suicide.
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Actor and comedian Robin Williams speaks at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, in this Jan. 6, 2006 file photo.
Actor and comedian Robin Williams speaks at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, in this Jan. 6, 2006 file photo.
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Comedian and actor Robin Williams appears on MTV's "Total Request Live," in this April 27, 2006 file photo at MTV studios in New York.
Comedian and actor Robin Williams appears on MTV's "Total Request Live," in this April 27, 2006 file photo at MTV studios in New York.
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In this photo released by Warner Bros., Chicago native Robin Williams, left, is seen during a taping of "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" at Pionner Court in the heart of downtown Chicago on Saturday, May 3, 2008.
In this photo released by Warner Bros., Chicago native Robin Williams, left, is seen during a taping of "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" at Pionner Court in the heart of downtown Chicago on Saturday, May 3, 2008.
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Actor Robin Williams sits in the driver's seat of a motor home before heading out to shoot a scene for the movie, "R.V." being shot July 12, 2005 near Monarch, in Alberta, Canada.
Actor Robin Williams sits in the driver's seat of a motor home before heading out to shoot a scene for the movie, "R.V." being shot July 12, 2005 near Monarch, in Alberta, Canada.
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Robin Williams arrives at the Broadhurst Theater in Times Square for the opening of Billy Crystal's new show titled 700 Sundays, New York, in this, Dec. 5, 2004, file photo.
Robin Williams arrives at the Broadhurst Theater in Times Square for the opening of Billy Crystal's new show titled 700 Sundays, New York, in this, Dec. 5, 2004, file photo.
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Actor Robin Williams sports a helmet and goggles as he arrives at a ski resort in Banff, Alberta, Friday, Jan. 9, 2004. Williams and other stars are in Banff as part of the Fairmont Banff Springs Sports Invitational benefiting the Waterkeepers Alliance.
Actor Robin Williams sports a helmet and goggles as he arrives at a ski resort in Banff, Alberta, Friday, Jan. 9, 2004. Williams and other stars are in Banff as part of the Fairmont Banff Springs Sports Invitational benefiting the Waterkeepers Alliance.
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Comedian Robin Williams, wearing a camouflage jacket, entertains a cheering crowd of U.S. Army troops as part of a United Services Organiztion Holiday Tour, Monday, Dec. 15, 2003 at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait.
Comedian Robin Williams, wearing a camouflage jacket, entertains a cheering crowd of U.S. Army troops as part of a United Services Organiztion Holiday Tour, Monday, Dec. 15, 2003 at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait.
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In this photo released by CBS, Actor Robin Williams appears on the "Late Show with David Letterman," Jan. 2, 2008 in New York. The photo that Letterman is holding up shows Williams on the picket line with the Stangel Brothers, who are "Late Show" writers.
In this photo released by CBS, Actor Robin Williams appears on the "Late Show with David Letterman," Jan. 2, 2008 in New York. The photo that Letterman is holding up shows Williams on the picket line with the Stangel Brothers, who are "Late Show" writers.
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Actor and comedian Robin Williams poses for a photo with Lindsey Bouza, of Indianapolis before his interview on the NBC "Today" television program June 28, 2007 in New York's Rockefeller Center.
Actor and comedian Robin Williams poses for a photo with Lindsey Bouza, of Indianapolis before his interview on the NBC "Today" television program June 28, 2007 in New York's Rockefeller Center.
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Actor and comedian Robin Williams pretends to style the hair of NBC "Today" television program co-host Meredith Vieira during his interview June 28, 2007, in New York's Rockefeller Center.
Actor and comedian Robin Williams pretends to style the hair of NBC "Today" television program co-host Meredith Vieira during his interview June 28, 2007, in New York's Rockefeller Center.
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Actor and comedian Robin Williams is interviewed in 20007 on the NBC "Today" television program in New York's Rockefeller Center
Actor and comedian Robin Williams is interviewed in 20007 on the NBC "Today" television program in New York's Rockefeller Center
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Musician Elton John, left to right, listens as Whoopi Goldberg, song writer Bernie Taupin, and comedian Robin Williams, pay tribute to him on stage March 25, 200 during John's concert in New York's Madison Square Garden,.
Musician Elton John, left to right, listens as Whoopi Goldberg, song writer Bernie Taupin, and comedian Robin Williams, pay tribute to him on stage March 25, 200 during John's concert in New York's Madison Square Garden,.
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Robin Williams attends the 20th IFP Independent Spirit Awards, in a file photo from Feb. 26, 2005, in Santa Monica, Calif.
Robin Williams attends the 20th IFP Independent Spirit Awards, in a file photo from Feb. 26, 2005, in Santa Monica, Calif.
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Comedian Robin Williams, wearing a camoflague jacket, kneels as he entertains a crowd Monday, Dec, 15, 2003 of U.S. Army troops as part of a United Services Organiztion Holiday Tour, Monday, Dec, 15, 2003 at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait.
Comedian Robin Williams, wearing a camoflague jacket, kneels as he entertains a crowd Monday, Dec, 15, 2003 of U.S. Army troops as part of a United Services Organiztion Holiday Tour, Monday, Dec, 15, 2003 at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait.
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Talk show host Carson Daly, left, smiles while listening to comedian Robin Williams during the taping of "Last Call with Carson Daly" outside on New York City's Rockefeller Plaza Dec. 10, 2002.
Talk show host Carson Daly, left, smiles while listening to comedian Robin Williams during the taping of "Last Call with Carson Daly" outside on New York City's Rockefeller Plaza Dec. 10, 2002.
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Actor Robin Williams is seen on stage at the 35th Annual People's Choice Awards on Jan. 7, 2009, in Los Angeles.
Actor Robin Williams is seen on stage at the 35th Annual People's Choice Awards on Jan. 7, 2009, in Los Angeles.
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Comedian Robin Williams speaks during the HBO panel for "Robin Williams: Weapons of Self-Destruction" at the Television Critics Association summer press tour July 30, 2009 in Pasadena, Calif.
Comedian Robin Williams speaks during the HBO panel for "Robin Williams: Weapons of Self-Destruction" at the Television Critics Association summer press tour July 30, 2009 in Pasadena, Calif.
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Robin Williams, left, and John Travolta at the Governors Ball on March 7, 2010, following the the 82nd Academy Awards.
Robin Williams, left, and John Travolta at the Governors Ball on March 7, 2010, following the the 82nd Academy Awards.
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Elijah Wood, at left, and Robin Williams arrive at the premiere of  "Happy Feet Two" at Grauman's Chinese Theater, Nov. 13, 2011, in Los Angeles.
Elijah Wood, at left, and Robin Williams arrive at the premiere of "Happy Feet Two" at Grauman's Chinese Theater, Nov. 13, 2011, in Los Angeles.
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Robin Williams presents the award for Book of a Musical on June 12, 2011, during the 65th annual Tony Awards, Sunday.
Robin Williams presents the award for Book of a Musical on June 12, 2011, during the 65th annual Tony Awards, Sunday.
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Robin Williams seen here in "Good Morning Vietnam" one of his most famous roles.
Robin Williams seen here in "Good Morning Vietnam" one of his most famous roles.
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Robin Williams won an Academy Award for his role in "Good Will Hunting."
Robin Williams won an Academy Award for his role in "Good Will Hunting."
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One of Robin Williams' most beloved roles, which rocketed him to fame was that of Mork in "Mork and Mindy."
One of Robin Williams' most beloved roles, which rocketed him to fame was that of Mork in "Mork and Mindy."
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This Nov. 18, 2006 file photo shows comedians Robin Williams, from left, Whoopi Goldberg and Billy Crystal posing after hoasting "Comic Relief" at Caesars Palace Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nev.
This Nov. 18, 2006 file photo shows comedians Robin Williams, from left, Whoopi Goldberg and Billy Crystal posing after hoasting "Comic Relief" at Caesars Palace Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nev.
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Robin Williams stars with Matt Damon in "Good Will Hunting." Williams would go on to win a best supporting actor Oscar for his work in the film.
Robin Williams stars with Matt Damon in "Good Will Hunting." Williams would go on to win a best supporting actor Oscar for his work in the film.
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Robin Williams stars as a grown up Peter Pan opposite Dustin Hoffman in "Hook."
Robin Williams stars as a grown up Peter Pan opposite Dustin Hoffman in "Hook."
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Robin Williams stars in "Popeye."
Robin Williams stars in "Popeye."
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Robin Williams stars in an update of "Flubber,"
Robin Williams stars in an update of "Flubber,"
Robin Williams takes a more robotic approach in "Bicentennial Man."
Robin Williams takes a more robotic approach in "Bicentennial Man."
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Robin Williams performs a bit of stand up during Comic Relief, a fundraiser which he started with Billy Crystal and Whopping Goldberg.
Robin Williams performs a bit of stand up during Comic Relief, a fundraiser which he started with Billy Crystal and Whopping Goldberg.
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