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12 August 2014, 09:43 | Updated: 12 August 2014, 16:35
As the world reacts to the tragic news of the legendary actor's death, tributes pour in from around the globe. The Oscar-winner's wife Susan Schneider opens up about her late husband.
The 63-year-old actor's wife confirmed that her husband had passed away: "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."
This was also reiterated by his publicist who stated: “He has been battling severe depression of late. “This is a tragic and sudden loss. The family respectfully asks for their privacy as they grieve during this very difficult time.”
His daughter Zelda Williams posted a beautiful extract from the French poet Antoine de Saint-Exupery's 'El Principito':
"You - you alone will have the stars as no one else has them... In one of the stars I shall be living. In one of them I shall be laughing.
"And so it will be as if all the stars were laughing, when you look at the sky at night... You - only you - will have stars that can laugh."
She also added her own personal touch: "I love you. I miss you. I'll try to keep looking up."
His on screen daughter in 'Mrs Doubtfire' Mara Wilson who played little Natalie Hillard has been deeply touched and saddened by the recent events:
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.— Mara Wilson (@MaraWritesStuff) August 11, 2014
"Robin Williams was an airman, a doctor, a genie, a nanny ... and everything in between. But he was one of a kind." —President Obama— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) August 12, 2014
I can’t believe the news about Robin Williams!! An amazing actor so funny! Good morning Vietnam one of the best ever! #RIPRobinWilliams— Olly Murs (@ollyofficial) August 12, 2014
Heartbreaking news about the late Robin Williams. May his soul now be at peace!— Rihanna (@rihanna) August 12, 2014
Sad, sad, day... My condolences to Robin’s family. He brought light to every room he entered & was a true comedic genius. #RIPRW— Jennifer Lopez (@JLo) August 12, 2014
The entire Osbourne Family is grieving the loss of a kind, funny, generous and talented man, Robin Williams.— Sharon Osbourne (@MrsSOsbourne) August 11, 2014
Can't believe it! What a talented, hilarious man! Loved him since I was a kid!! Thoughts are with… http://t.co/xpkj2CpJK9— Niall Horan (@NiallOfficial) August 12, 2014
— michelle keegan (@michkeegan) August 12, 2014
A comedic genius who will inspire entertainers for many generations to come. You will be missed. #RIPRobinWilliams— Channing Tatum (@channingtatum) August 12, 2014
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.— Harry Styles (@Harry_Styles) August 12, 2014
— Jessica Ennis-Hill (@J_Ennis) August 12, 2014
Mel Gibson said of his friend "one only hopes he's gone to a good place."
Meanwhile Prince Charles shared his thoughts: "I greatly enjoyed meeting him on several occasions and his irreplaceable contribution to life will be greatly missed by countless people, including myself,".
Family and friends continue to leave messages of love outside Williams' home in San Francisco.