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Marshall Chiles, owner of Laughing Skull Lounge, with Robin Williams. Marshall Chiles, owner of Laughing Skull Lounge, with Robin Williams.
ATLANTA, Ga. -

Atlanta comedians are reacting to the untimely death of actor and comedian Robin Williams.

The 63-year-old brought joy and laughter to millions, in Atlanta and around the world.

Local comedians tell FOX 5 Williams would drop by comedy clubs unexpectedly and would fill the room with laughter.

Marshall Chiles remembers the unexpected visit of Williams at his comedy club last year at the Laughing Skull Lounge in Midtown. Chiles says Williams was mourning the death of his mentor, Jonathan Winters, and doing stand-up was a form of therapy for him.

Chiles says he was stunned to learn of his idol's untimely death, but says many comedians suffer from depression.

“If you dig deep enough into a joke you are going to find pain,” said Chiles.

Williams was also known to stop by Punchline in Atlanta and would occasionally jump on stage.

Chiles says it was an honor to spend time with Williams in the green room of his comedy club and that the Oscar winning actor was kind, took pictures with everyone who asked and, of course, made them laugh.

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