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Thanks chief, I owe you everything: Ben Affleck says goodbye to Robin Williams

Lightning storm of comic genius, a great man and artist, and a comic supernova is how Robin Williams' friends and colleagues in Hollywood remembered the actor. Hollywood celebrities and many others who knew him took to Twitter to pay tribute to Williams.

hollywood Updated: Aug 13, 2014 13:42 IST
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Oscar-winning actor, stand-up comedian and comedy giant Robin Williams, 63, was found dead in his home in California on Monday. The police is probing a case of suicide by asphyxiation.

His wife Susan Schneider said in a statement: "This morning, I lost my husband and my best friend, while the world lost one of its most beloved artists and beautiful human beings. I am utterly heartbroken."

Read Robin Williams found dead at home, suicide suspected

President Barack Obama, in a statement making reference to the actor's many roles said: "Robin Williams was an airman, a doctor, a genie, a nanny, a president, a professor, a bangarang Peter Pan and everything in between. But he was one of a kind. ... The Obama family offers our condolences to Robin's family, his friends and everyone who found their voice and their verse thanks to Robin Williams."

Director Steven Spielberg said in a statement: "Robin was a lightning storm of comic genius and our laughter was the thunder that sustained him. He was a pal, and I can't believe he's gone."

Ben Affleck, whose breakthrough role came alongside Williams and Matt Damon in 1997's Good Will Hunting, for which Williams won his only Oscar, said he was heartbroken.

"Thanks chief - for your friendship and for what you gave the world," Affleck wrote on his Facebook page. "Robin had a ton of love in him. He personally did so much for so many people. He made Matt and my dreams come true. What do you owe a guy who does that? Everything."

Read RIP Robin Williams: the comic genius with crinkly, moist eyes

As soon as the news came in, his heartbroken fans took to Twitter to express their condolences and shock over his death.

Neil Patrick Harris
I am stunned and just reeling from the news of Robin Williams' death. He brought so much joy and heart to millions ... Just, wow.

John Travolta
I've never known a sweeter, brighter, more considerate person than Robin ... Robin's commitment as an artist to lifting our mood and making us happy is compared to none.

Ben Stiller
I met him when I was 13 and a huge fan and he was so kind and I watched him be kind to every fan I ever saw him with ... And with other actors he was so generous and brilliant. He made everyone feel special and equal around him even though he was the genius.

Kevin Spacey
Robin Williams made the world laugh & think. I will remember & honor that. A great man, artist and friend. I will miss him beyond measure.

Steve Martin
I could not be more stunned by the loss of Robin Williams, mensch, great talent, acting partner, genuine soul.

Steve Carell
Robin Williams made the world a little bit better. RIP.

Drew Carey
Condolences to the whole world. @robinwilliams RIP. #RobinWilliams

Lindsay Lohan
Mr. Williams visited me the first day of filming The Parent Trap. I will never forget his kindness. What an enormous loss. My condolences.

Miley Ray Cyrus
I can't take the Robin Williams news. I've never cried over someone I've never met but I can't stop

Ellen DeGeneres
I can't believe the news about Robin Williams. He gave so much to so many people. I'm heartbroken.

Jimmy Kimmel
Robin was as sweet a man as he was funny. If you're sad, please tell someone.

Craig Ferguson
I am so sorry about Robin. He was sweet and generous and kind as well as a comedic genius. This is just terrible news. #RIPRobinWilliams

Mara Wilson
Very sad, very upset, very glad I did not have to hear about this though Twitter. Probably going to be taking some time off it for a while.

Amy Schum
Robin was really sweet to me and my sister every time we saw him. He was a genius and made me laugh a lot. So sad.

Lena Dunham
Just shared a moment of silence on the set for Robin Williams, a man who brought so much laughter, joy and healing to so many.

Joel McHale
RIP @robinwilliams You were one of the very best that ever was. You were one of my heroes. #RobinWilliams

My prayers+sad heart are with Robin Williams' family tonight. Only met him once, but it was one of the most enjoyable moments of my life RIP

Wil Wheaton
Robin Williams could not have been kinder or more generous when I worked with him in Flubber. My heart goes out to his family.

Rachel Dratch
Uh uh. No. Don't want this to be true about Robin Williams. Inspired everyone I know. THE Improviser. :(

Emmy Rossum
7 years old w/ a single mom the first time I saw #MrsDoubtfire. Made me feel better about being from an unconventional family. Love is love.

Jay Mohr
When I was a kid, my parents and I would watch Robin Williams VHS tapes until they wore out. Words cannot describe what a loss this is.

Mara Wilson
Very sad, very upset, very glad I did not have to hear about this though Twitter. Probably going to be taking some time off it for a while.

Tom Bergeron
RIP Robin Williams. Here's a fond memory from his Hollywood Squares appearance.

Lucy Hale
The world is a lot less funny today. Prayers with Robins loved ones. RIP.

Emmy Rossum
I am so heartbroken. Robin Williams was a light in my childhood. Rest in peace.

Chris Daughtry
A great talent lost. Very sad news. #robinwilliams was one of the most versatile comedians of our time.

Candace Cameron Bure
So so sad to hear about the passing of Robin Williams. He will forever have a joyful place in our hearts and will be missed.

Sarah Hyland
Let's respect the friends and most importantly family during this heartbreaking time. We will always love you Mr. Williams.

Eva Longoria
#RIP Robin will be remembered by many..

LA Reid
An incredibly sad moment. May your soul be at peace Robin Williams. #RIP

Jim Gaffigan
I didn't know I could be so sad, angry, stunned and grateful at the same time. RIP Robin Williams. If you are in pain please seek help.

Beth Behrs
our hearts are so heavy on the set of 2 Broke this afternoon. @OfficialKat and I only had the pleasure?

Rob Schneider
Without #Robin Williams there wouldn't have been a Comedy scene in San Francisco, Robin paved the way. He was the best of all of us.

Luis Guzman
Devastated by the death of an incredible human at Peace Robin. ..miss you Brother

Anna Kendrick
O Captain! My Captain! Rise up and hear the bells. Rise up, for you the flag is flung, for you the bugle trills.

Heartbreaking news about the late Robin Williams. May his soul now be at peace!

John Cusack
I met him on this one with sis - total gent ?@scotthortonshow: Robin Williams's movie against militarism: Toys 1992 ??

Sarah Silverman
Oh no this is terrible. #RIPRobinWilliams
By all accounts he was pure love

Jesse Tyler Ferguson
It's the mark of a true artist. I never knew him but I'm heartbroken by his passing. RIP Robin Williams.

Avril Lavigne
RIP Robin Williams so sad :( ???? you touched so many with your talent.

First Published: Aug 12, 2014 13:29 IST