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    R.I.P. Robin Williams
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    I was tempted to put a question mark in the title.
    Why?
    Because my first awareness of this came via Twitter, and that tweet was from the person's Facebook page.

    A woman who calls herself a Hollywood Blogger (name of Bambi Kuche) says Williams died today at his Tiburon (CA) home at age 63.
    She said the coroner termed it "suicide by aphyxiation".

    I get USA Today, the NYT and WaPo in my mail, and there's no "breaking news" reports about this yet.

    If true, it's sad (even though I've never been a Robin Williams fan).
    He's always been so vibrant and seemingly happy in his talk show appearances.

    But waiting for confirmation!

    ADD: It's confirmed! Reaction has been swift and widespread!
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    CNN confirms, for what that's worth.
    http://www.cnn.com/2014/08/11/showbi...html?hpt=hp_t1
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    NBC broke in and reported it about 5 minutes ago ( 7:20 pm est).
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    There seems to be no shortage of bad news lately. And how ironic for a comedian to die like this. Quite overwhelming.

    Remember how he used to wear those colorful running shoes (New Balance?) back when hardly anyone but runners was wearing shoes like that?
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    Nanu nanu. For all the marvelous stuff he did, that was unsurpassed IMO.
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    Robin Williams with a (tenuous) track connection. If you check the staffbox of T&FN back in the '60s you'll find the name Paul Mack as an editorial assistant. Part-time worker as he was going to school (getting a teaching degree at San Francisco State, as I recall). He left the magazine shortly before I got there, but he used to come down and visit once in a while.

    While working his way through school, he used to do standup comedy and was fairly decent at it. Then one night, as I recall his telling the story, he was in the wings waiting to go on and there was a new guy on the stage knocking the audience dead. It was, of course, Robin Williams. Mack at that point said, "What's the point in my even going out there?" I can't remember if he simply turned and walked away at that point or if he did a half-hearted set, but that was his last appearance. Williams (as we all know) was just that good.
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    Williams's track connection was a bit more than "tenuous".
    According to some tweets I saw (including a photo of him in his team uniform!), he ran a 1:58 800 while in HS.
    He also ran cross country.
    (This would have been probably around 1968 or 1969, as he was born in 1951.)

    Another tweet I saw had a Robin Williams quote.
    I don't know if it was his philosophy on the matter, or a one-liner from his stand-up routine, but he was quoted as saying.....

    (paraphrased) I love cross country. On a track, I feel like a hamster.
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    Williams is identified as one of the 440 runners in a 3:22 4 x 440 on his HS team - seems that would at least rival his 1:58
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    Williams is identified as one of the 440 runners on a 3:22 4 x 440 on his HS team - seems that would at least rival his 1:58
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