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Robin Williams, boisterous comedy star, dead at 63 (12 photos)

By Hillel Italie, Associated Press

Published: Monday, Aug. 11 2014 5:00 p.m. MDT

Robin Williams arrives to the premiere of Old Dogs on Monday Nov. 9, 2009, in Los Angeles. illiams, whose free-form comedy and adept impressions dazzled audiences for decades, has died in an apparent suicide. He was 63.

Robin Williams arrives to the premiere of Old Dogs on Monday Nov. 9, 2009, in Los Angeles. illiams, whose free-form comedy and adept impressions dazzled audiences for decades, has died in an apparent suicide. He was 63. (Katy Winn, AP)

FILE - This April 6, 2008 file photo shows actor-comedian Robin Williams speaks on stage at the

FILE - This April 6, 2008 file photo shows actor-comedian Robin Williams speaks on stage at the "Idol Gives Back" fundraising special of "American Idol" in Los Angeles. 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 said Williams was pronounced dead at his home in California on Monday, Aug. 11, 2014. The sheriff’s office said a preliminary investigation showed the cause of death to be a suicide due to asphyxia. (Mark J. Terrill, File, Associated Press)

Flowers are placed in memory of actor/comedian Robin Williams' Walk of Fame star in the Hollywood district of Los Angeles Monday, Aug. 11, 2014. 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 at his San Francisco Bay area home. He was 63.

Flowers are placed in memory of actor/comedian Robin Williams' Walk of Fame star in the Hollywood district of Los Angeles Monday, Aug. 11, 2014. 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 at his San Francisco Bay area home. He was 63. (Kevork Djansezian, Associated Press)

A man who did not give his name exits the front gate outside of the home of Robin Williams in Tiburon, Calif., Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014. Williams died Monday in an apparent suicide at his San Francisco Bay Area home, according to the sheriff's office in Marin County, north of San Francisco.

A man who did not give his name exits the front gate outside of the home of Robin Williams in Tiburon, Calif., Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014. Williams died Monday in an apparent suicide at his San Francisco Bay Area home, according to the sheriff's office in Marin County, north of San Francisco. (Jeff Chiu, Associated Press)

FILE - This Nov. 18, 2006 file photo shows comedians Robin Williams, from left, Whoopi Goldberg and Billy Crystal posing after hoasting

FILE - 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. 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 said Williams was pronounced dead at his home in California on Monday, Aug. 11, 2014. The sheriff’s office said a preliminary investigation showed the cause of death to be a suicide due to asphyxia. (Keith Shimada, File, Associated Press)

FILE - This June 15, 2007 file photo shows actor and comedian Robin Williams posing for a photo in Santa Monica, Calif. Williams, whose free-form comedy and adept impressions dazzled audiences for decades, died Monday, Aug. 11, 2014, in an apparent suicide. Williams was 63.

FILE - This June 15, 2007 file photo shows actor and comedian Robin Williams posing for a photo in Santa Monica, Calif. Williams, whose free-form comedy and adept impressions dazzled audiences for decades, died Monday, Aug. 11, 2014, in an apparent suicide. Williams was 63. (Reed Saxon, File, Associated Press)

FILE - This 1982 file photo originally released by Warner Bros. Pictures shows actor Robin Williams as T.S. Garp from the film,

FILE - This 1982 file photo originally released by Warner Bros. Pictures shows actor Robin Williams as T.S. Garp from the film, "The World According to Garp." Williams, whose free-form comedy and adept impressions dazzled audiences for decades, died Monday, Aug. 11, 2014, in an apparent suicide. Williams was 63. (Warner Bros., File, Associated Press)

FILE - In this Nov. 15, 1997 file photo, Robin Williams extends his head between curtains in a New York hotel. Williams, a brilliant shapeshifter who could channel his frenetic energy into delightful comic characters like

FILE - In this Nov. 15, 1997 file photo, Robin Williams extends his head between curtains in a New York hotel. Williams, a brilliant shapeshifter who could channel his frenetic energy into delightful comic characters like "Mrs. Doubtfire" or harness it into richly nuanced work like his Oscar-winning turn in "Good Will Hunting," died Monday in an apparent suicide. He was 63. Williams was pronounced dead at his San Francisco Bay Area home Monday, according to the sheriff's office in Marin County, north of San Francisco. (Jim Cooper, File, Associated Press)

FILE - This 1978 file photo originally released by ABC shows actor Robin Williams on the set of ABCs

FILE - This 1978 file photo originally released by ABC shows actor Robin Williams on the set of ABCs "Mork and Mindy." 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 said Williams was pronounced dead at his home in California on Monday, Aug. 11, 2014. The sheriff’s office said a preliminary investigation showed the cause of death to be a suicide due to asphyxia. (ABC, File, Associated Press)

FILE - This Nov. 7, 2007 file photo shows comedian Robin Williams performing at the NY Comedy Festival Event

FILE - This Nov. 7, 2007 file photo shows comedian Robin Williams performing at the NY Comedy Festival Event "Stand Up for Heroes: A Benefit for the Bob Woodruff Family Fund", in New York. 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 said Williams was pronounced dead at his home in California on Monday, Aug. 11, 2014. The sheriff’s office said a preliminary investigation showed the cause of death to be a suicide due to asphyxia. (Evan Agostini, File, Associated Press)

The marquee of the Laugh Factory shows a message in memory of actor/comedian Robin Williams in the Hollywood district of Los Angeles Monday, Aug. 11, 2014. Williams, the Academy Award winner and comic supernova whose explosions of pop culture riffs and impressions dazzled audiences for decades and made him a  laureate for the Information Age, died Monday in an apparent suicide at his San Francisco Bay area home. He was 63.

The marquee of the Laugh Factory shows a message in memory of actor/comedian Robin Williams in the Hollywood district of Los Angeles Monday, Aug. 11, 2014. Williams, the Academy Award winner and comic supernova whose explosions of pop culture riffs and impressions dazzled audiences for decades and made him a laureate for the Information Age, died Monday in an apparent suicide at his San Francisco Bay area home. He was 63. (Kevork Djansezian, Associated Press)

FILE - This June 15, 2007 file photo shows actor and comedian Robin Williams posing to promote his film,

FILE - This June 15, 2007 file photo shows actor and comedian Robin Williams posing to promote his film, "License To Wed" in Santa Monica, Calif. 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 said Williams was pronounced dead at his home in California on Monday, Aug. 11, 2014. The sheriff’s office said a preliminary investigation showed the cause of death to be a suicide due to asphyxia. (Reed Saxon, File, Associated Press)