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Fans gather to mourn death of Robin Williams

Tuesday, August 12, 2014 - 00:59

Williams fans gather to pay their respects at a makeshift memorial atop his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Rough cut (no reporter narration)

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Fans of Robin Williams gathered at his star on the Hollywood walk of fame on Monday (August 11), to pay tribute to legendary comedian and actor who died at his home in Northern California. His body was found early in the day on Monday, and police suspect that the cause of death was suicide. He was 63. Williams' fans lamented his passing, saying that he will be missed as a brilliant comedic, as well as dramatic actor, and that they had grown up watching him. "It's a big loss to the comedic community. He was a great comedian. I mean, from first days on 'Happy Days,' 'Mork and Mindy' then through his silver screen career. He was just incredible," Karl Pitts, a fan of Williams from Texas, said. At the nearby Laugh Factory, a comedy club on the Sunset Strip, the marquee was lit up with a sign reading "Robin Williams rest in peace make God laugh." Williams' appeal stretched across generations and genres, from family fare as the voice of Disney's blue Genie in "Aladdin" to his portrayal of a fatherly therapist in the 1997 drama "Good Will Hunting," for which he earned an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor. Williams had been recently suffering from severe depression, his publicist Mara Buxbaum said in a statement, and the actor had repeatedly talked about his past struggles with alcohol.

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Fans gather to mourn death of Robin Williams

Tuesday, August 12, 2014 - 00:59