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World mourns fallen star Robin Williams

| The actor and comedian is believed to have committed suicide at his California home.

JOHANNESBURG - The unexpected death of one of one of Hollywood's most beloved funny men has stunned fellow stars and movie fans from around the world.

Actor and comedian Robin Williams, who had reportedly been battling with depression, was found dead at his California home on Monday.

Authorities say the 63-year-old Oscar-winning star is believed to have committed suicide by asphyxiation.

Twitter has been flooded with funny moments, quotes and memories of the fallen star.

One of my all time favourites. Movies I grew up watching over and over again. A genius that will be so missed.

R.I.P. Robin Williams.

His heart was as big as his genius. So sad. Rest in Peace Robin Williams.

Thanks for the years of feel good laughter. RIP Robin Williams.

Williams was born in Chicago in 1951 and grew up in suburban Detroit.

He earned four Academy Award nominations, the first for his portrayal of US Army radio host Adrian Cronauer during the Vietnam War in Good Morning, Vietnam.

He earned nominations for the 1990 coming-of-age prep school drama Dead Poets Society and 1991's The Fisher King.

Williams will appear in upcoming film Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, playing the statue of Teddy Roosevelt who comes to life at night, and holiday comedy Merry Friggin' Christmas.

He was also attached to a sequel to 1993 hit Mrs. Doubtfire.

TRIBUTES

Earlier today Williams was remembered for the many roles he stepped into during his career.

Comedian Ross Bennett says Williams inspired him.

"He would walk on stage in front of 200 people [or so], you know a comedy club kind of room, take the microphone, out it on the side and he would play the room with no microphone."

Colleague Mel Gibson also paid tribute to Williams, saying his life ended way too soon.

"As an individual, I think he had a lot of heart and a lot of compassion. He did a lot of things for a lot of people, publically and privately. He transcended his own sphere of expertise which was like a benchmark as a comedian and he crossed over into other areas and excelled at everything. He's gone way too soon, he was very talented and we're all going to miss him."

Meanwhile, the actor's widow says she hopes he will be remembered 'on the countless moments of joy and laughter he gave to millions' of people.

Susan Schneider says the death of 63-year-old has left her 'utterly heartbroken'.

Zelda Williams to her dad.

May he live in the stars, laughing.

#RobinWilliams

#RobinWilliamsWillLiveOnForever pic.twitter.com/bzBwHUfOoT

Can't believe this really happened, thanks for all your smile. Forever Mr. Keating. #RobinWilliamsWillLiveOnForever pic.twitter.com/dhJXDE8OQp

Thank you Robin for all you contributed to so many people's lives #RobinWilliams #RobinWilliamsWillLiveOnForever pic.twitter.com/xRVMn2k9kw

Remember, "Suicide is a permanent solution, to a temporary problem" #RobinWilliamsWillLiveOnForever pic.twitter.com/o3emgYBZv7

An amazing actor. You will be missed #RobinWilliams #RobinWilliamsWillLiveOnForever pic.twitter.com/kpLLlo7zaK

Robin Williams made us laugh as he cried within #RobinWilliamsWillLiveOnForever

Bangarang Peter Pan... Bangarang!

RIP my friend. I already miss you.

#RobinWilliams #funniest man on Earth. pic.twitter.com/JEqIjmIQSM

The tweet I will remember #RobinWilliams pic.twitter.com/FX6wpcteiE

Cinema has lost one of its brightest stars this week. RIP #RobinWilliams https://t.co/4TGs3EBi6k

Rest in Peace Mr. Williams. You will be missed. #RobinWilliams http://t.co/FlodVCNVGF

RIP to a legend. How someone can bring so much joy and laughter, suffer so hard. #robinwilliams pic.twitter.com/GFhyRE65dw

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