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2014-08-13 16:00

Lima  - The doctor and clown whose life story formed the basis of the movie Patch Adams paid tribute Tuesday to its star Robin Williams after he was found dead of an apparent suicide.

"The terrible news of the passing of Robin Williams reached me here in the Peruvian Amazon late last night with tremendous sadness," Hunter Doherty Adams, the founder of the Gesundheit Institute, wrote on Facebook.

The 1998 movie, directed by Tom Shadyac, depicts Adams as a medical student who battled convention to treat his patients using laughter.

Williams earned a Golden Globe nomination for his portrayal of Adams.

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