The Daily What: RIP: Andy Griffith, at 86

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Television icon Andy Griffith, best known as Sheriff Andy Taylor on The Andy Griffith Show and country lawyer Ben Matlock on Matlock, died early this morning. He was 86.

Here are Griffith's reflections on aging:

You know when you're young you think you will always be. As you become more fragile, you reflect and you realize how much comfort can come from the past. Hymns can carry you into the future.

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UPDATED: Beloved Comedian and Actor Robin Williams Dies at 63

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UPDATE: While people are trying to still make sense of Williams' suicide, his wife revealed that the beloved entertainer suffered from Parkinson's disease in the following statement:

Robin spent so much of his life helping others. Whether he was entertaining millions on stage, film or television, our troops on the frontlines, or comforting a sick child — Robin wanted us to laugh and to feel less afraid.

Since his passing, all of us who loved Robin have found some solace in the tremendous outpouring of affection and admiration for him from the millions of people whose lives he touched. His greatest legacy, besides his three children, is the joy and happiness he offered to others, particularly to those fighting personal battles.

Robin's sobriety was intact and he was brave as he struggled with his own battles of depression, anxiety as well as early stages of Parkinson's Disease, which he was not yet ready to share publicly.

It is our hope in the wake of Robin's tragic passing, that others will find the strength to seek the care and support they need to treat whatever battles they are facing so they may feel less afraid.

The Oscar winning actor and comedian unexpectedly passed away Monday morning at the age of 63. According to a press release issued by the Marin County Coroner's office, the Sheriff's office suspects the death to be "suicide due to asphyxia." Williams' publicist has released the following statement:

Robin Williams passed away this morning. He has been battling severe depression of late. This is a tragic and sudden loss. The family respectfully asks for their privacy as they grieve during this very difficult time.

Robin Williams won an Oscar for his supporting role in Good Will Hunting and is also well known for his other roles in films such as Mrs. Doubtfire, Hook, and Jumanji.

Beloved Radio Personality Casey Kasem Dies at 82

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According to CNN, the long-time radio DJ, voice actor, and show host, Casey Kasem, died early Sunday at the age of 82.

"Early this Father's Day morning, our dad Casey Kasem passed away surrounded by family and friends," wrote Kasem's family in a statement recently released. "Even though we know he is in a better place and no longer suffering, we are heartbroken ... The world will miss Casey Kasem, an incredible talent and humanitarian; we will miss our Dad."

Kasem was known for his long running career as the host of "American Top 40." He was also the voice of Scooby-Doo's goofy side-kick, Shaggy. He made a solid mark on the shaping of American pop culture and will be truly missed.



Roger Ebert Dies at the Age of 70

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Roger Ebert has died today after revealing a recurrence of cancer earlier this week. He bravely battled with poor health due to thyroid and salivary gland cancer over the past decade. He will be especially remembered as a great film critic and movie lover from his 46 year career. He will be missed.

See the full story from Sun-Times

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