Robin Williams: Bay Area made him feel 'normal'


SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco Bay Area residents are remembering Robin Williams as a man who did his kindest acts offstage in the place he called home.

Dr. Carrie Chen says the comedian used to visit the children's ward at the University of California-San Francisco hospital every Christmas. Chen says Williams would come quietly, greet newborns, cheer up sick kids and thank medical staffers for working on a holiday.

At the San Francisco Zoo, director Tanya Peterson says Williams came for years to visit a parrot he donated. Peterson says Williams raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for the zoo, and one of his last public outings was there in June.

The zoo director says Williams was also pleased to meet a howler monkey that the zoo had named after the comedian.

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