“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,” Obama said of the 63-year-old comedian.
“He arrived in our lives as an alien — but he ended up touching every element of the human spirit,” the president added. “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.”
Williams was found dead Monday morning in his home in Tiburon, Calif. Authorities said Williams’ death was caused by suicide due to asphyxia but that an investigation was still ongoing.
Williams had suffered from depression and recently checked himself into a rehab clinic to maintain his sobriety, friends and family said.
“This morning, I lost my husband and my best friend, while the world lost one of its most beloved artists and beautiful human beings," his wife, Susan Schneider, said in a statement. "I am utterly heartbroken."
Obama was among many political figures lamenting Williams’ passing Monday.
“RIP to my constituent Robin Williams — a wonderful, hilarious, warm hearted guy who will be missed by all,” wrote Rep. Jared Huffman, D-Calif., on Twitter.
The White House released Obama's statement from his vacation in Martha's Vineyard.