LIers remember comedy star Robin Williams

Robin Williams' press agent said the Oscar winner

Robin Williams' press agent said the Oscar winner had recently been battling severe depression. (Credit: News 12)

WOODBURY - From around the world to here on Long Island, many are remembering actor Robin Williams. 

Williams was known for his many roles like "Mrs. Doubtfire," and before that in the 1970s as the alien in the hit TV show, "Mork and Mindy." 

Now there is a hole in the entertainment world after Williams was found dead inside his California home yesterday morning.

The news shocked people around the world and on Long Island.

Williams' press agent said the Oscar winner had recently been battling severe depression.

Local comedian Kevin Downey Jr, of Babylon, says it's ironic that Williams made so many laugh and was unhappy himself.

Williams was nominated for three Oscars and won in 1997 for "Good Will Hunting."
However, off screen it was often a darker reality for Williams. Even when he spoke publicly about his battle with drugs and alcohol, he always did so with humor.

President Obama said, "Robin Williams was an airman, a doctor, a genie, a nanny and everything in between. But he was one of a kind." 

 Williams was 63 years old.  He is survived by his wife and three children. 

AP wires contributed to this report.

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