Adrian Joseph Cronauer, the real disc jockey and former sergeant of the US Air Force whose story inspired the character of Robin Williams in Good Morning, Vietnam, died at the age of 79.  Cronauer died Wednesday morning in Troutville, Virginia, according to his obituary in The Roanoke Times .
His daughter-in-law Mary Muse told CNN that he died of an "age-related illness" in an "Adrian was warm and approachable. He loved the service men and the service women all over the world, and always took the time to personally engage with them. Although he was an only child, his military siblings became part of his family, "said his family in a statement
Cronauer co-wrote the original story of the 1987 film Good Morning, Vietnam Williams, who was nominated for an Oscar for his performance in the film, interpreted a character vaguely based on Cronauer's role as Air Force disc jockey during the war "As far as I know, it's the first film that started showing Americans in Vietnam what they really were instead of a bunch of murderers and rapists." The killers Baby and drug addicts and psychotics .It was badly needed at the time, "said Cronauer USA Today of the movie in 2014, shortly after Williams' death.
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Williams died of suicide in August 2014 after suffering from Lewy body dementia, a type of brain disorder that affected his thinking, memory and movement control. Although the film's director (Barry Levinson) deliberately separated Williams and Cronauer during the filming, fearing that the actor would unwittingly begin to imitate his real-life counterpart, the two men eventually become friends.
"Robin and I were introduced before the film was shown.We shook hands and he said," Well, I'm glad to meet you finally. "And I said: "Well, I'm happy to finally meet up with you too." We got along well after that, "says Cronauer. USA Today .
" We traded Christmas cards and in 1991 it was woman of the time, Marsha, invited 200 or 300 of her closest friends in California to celebrate her 40th birthday. "] In addition to his service in the air force, Cronauer was a confidential advisor to the Assistant Deputy Secretary of Defense (DASD) from 2001 to 2009, and he holds the Defense Secretary Medal for Outstanding Services
He also spent seven years in New York issuing advertising to the television and radio, and taught courses in broadcasting, according to his obituary.
behind his son-in-law, Michael Muse, his daughter-in-law Mary Muse and four grandchildren: Matthew Muse and his wife Kelley, and their son, Hudson, Dr. Sarah (Muse) M inter and husband, Ryan; granddaughter, Christa Buchanan; and grandson, Cameron Buchanan.