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Comedy's riffing genius Robin Williams dies at 63

Posted: August 12, 2014 at 4:05 a.m.

FILE - This March 27, 2010 file photo shows actor Robin Williams speaking at The 24th American Cinematheque Awards honoring Matt Damon in Beverly Hills, 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.(AP Photo/Dan Steinberg, File)

SAN FRANCISCO -- Robin Williams, the Academy Award winner and comic whose pop culture riffs and impressions dazzled audiences for decades, died Monday in an apparent suicide. He was 63.

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