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September 20, 2014

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We have lost an incredibly talented and kind star in Robin Williams

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Lori Milken, Camille Ruvo, Larry Ruvo, Susan Schneider, Robin Williams and Michael Milken at the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Downtown Las Vegas.

Robin Williams Dies at 63

Robin Williams, center, takes time out from rehearsal at NBC's Launch slideshow »
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Robin Leach and Robin Williams.

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Robin Williams and Billy Crystal.

I worked with Robin Williams on several occasions.

One time, the two of us were teamed with Bette Midler and Christina Aguilera at the 80th birthday party of 84 Lumber Co. multimillionaire Joe Hardy at his Nemacolin Woodlands Resort in Pennsylvania.

Robin was as funny offstage as he was onstage or clowning around for the cameras. Robin was found dead today at his Marin County, Calif., apartment in an apparent suicide; he was 63.

We have lost an incredibly talented star. But, as with many comedians, behind the laughter and the smile, he battled the pain of self-doubt, his flaws and disbelief of his abilities. He was candid about his addictions and failings, true or perceived.

Robin was often here in Las Vegas — with fellow comic Eric Idle at Steve Wynn’s rebirth of Monty Python at Wynn Las Vegas. He was here for the HBO Comedy Festivals in a celebrity event with Billy Crystal. And he attended and supported Andre Agassi’s annual Grand Slam for Children education fundraisers.

Robin, who won an Oscar for his dramatic role in “Good Will Hunting,” told me that he often stayed at MGM Grand so that he could rent a bicycle to go out very early in the morning for rides up to Red Rock at sunrise.

Robin was a supporter of our Larry Ruvo’s Keep Memory Alive charity and always permitted us use to auction his appearances with celebrity chef dinners at Larry’s Shakespeare Ranch in Lake Tahoe. His most recent support was at a Keep Memory Alive Barbecue in July 2013.

Robin will be genuinely missed. He was an incredibly funny comedic talent and a wonderfully kind person — sadly plagued by personal demons of depression that proved too difficult to battle.

Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.

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