Lawmakers mourn death of Robin Williams

Lawmakers are reacting to the death of Robin Williams.

The veteran comic, who starred in the 1980s sitcom “Mork & Mindy,” was found dead on Monday in California. The Academy Award and two-time Emmy Award winner, who battled addiction and depression over the years, was 63.

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President Obama released a statement Monday night, saying of the versatile actor, "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." 

The president praised Williams, saying,  "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."

Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) tweeted shortly after the news of the “Mrs. Doubtfire” star’s death first broke, writing:

Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) wrote of Williams, who grew up in California:

Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) also expressed remorse at the death of the entertainer:

 

Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) remembered Williams with a pair of messages on Twitter that made mention of the alien character Williams played on "Mork & Mindy," writing: 

 

 

 

 

 

Several other lawmakers on both sides of the aisle also tweeted their condolences:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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