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UPDATE: UNDATED (AP) - 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."

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

President Obama reacts to Robin Williams' death

UPDATE: President Barack Obama reacted to the news of Oscar-winner Robin Williams death in a statement released by the White House. The statement reads:

"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. He arrived in our lives as an alien – but he ended up touching every element of the human spirit. 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."Authorities found Robin Williams in his northern California home. Williams death is being treated as a suicide.

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SAN RAFAEL, Calif. (AP) - Oscar-winner Robin Williams, whose free-form comedy and adept impressions dazzled audiences for decades, has died in an apparent suicide. He was 63.

The Marin County Sheriff's Office says Williams was pronounced dead at his home in California on Monday. The sheriff's office says a preliminary investigation shows the cause of death to be a suicide due to asphyxia.

Williams shot to fame in the late '70s as the alien in TV's "Mork and Mindy." He conquered the big screen in comic films such as "Good Morning, Vietnam" and "Mrs. Doubtfire." But he won his Academy Award in a serious role - as the therapist in "Good Will Hunting."

His performing style was at its purest in his standup act, as he impersonated a Russian immigrant or parodied anyone from John Wayne to Keith Richards.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)


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