Celebrities, President Reflect on Robin Williams' Death

Updated: 08/12/2014 9:03 AM
Created: 08/12/2014 5:31 AM

Celebrities from Broadway to Hollywood are nearly unanimously in agreement with Steven Spielberg's belief that Robin Williams was a "comic genius."
There is widespread admiration and shock at Williams' apparent suicide at age 63.
Spielberg says Williams was "a lightning storm of comic genius" sustained by the thunder of laughter.
Funny man Steve Martin praised the Oscar-winner's "great talent" but also said he was a "genuine soul." Chevy Chase, who acknowledged that he too suffers from depression, called Williams "a wonderful/man boy."
Former talk show host and comedian Jay Leno says word of Williams' death made it "a very sad day."

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This April 6, 2008 file photo shows actor-comedian Robin Williams speaks on stage at the
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Flowers are placed in memory of Robin Williams on his Walk of Fame star in the Hollywood district of Los Angeles Monday, Aug. 11, 2014.
Photo: AP/Kevork Djansezian

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