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Tributes pour in for actor Robin Williams

An outpouring of grief and tributes are pouring in for Oscar-winning actor and comedian Robin Williams following news that he had apparently taken his own life after a battle with depression.

SAN FRANCISCO: An outpouring of grief and tributes are pouring in for Oscar-winning actor and comedian Robin Williams following news that he had apparently taken his own life after a battle with depression.

The 63-year-old actor - star of movies such as Good Morning Vietnam, Dead Poets Society and Good Will Hunting - who had brought joy and laughter to millions of people across the globe, was found dead in his home just outside San Francisco.

Neighbours started stopping by Williams' home in California with bouquets of flowers and personal messages shortly after they heard the sad news.

Hollywood was likewise stunned at his death. Williams' fans came together at comedy venues to absorb the shock. Hina Ansari, a fan of Williams, said: "It's a community in mourning and fans, artists, musicians, TV people - everyone is feeling such a huge loss."

Fellow comedians were both sober and effusive as they remembered him publicly. Comedian Pauly Shore, whose family owns the Comedy Store, said: "There are certain guys out there that have transcended all genres, all ages, that just break through, and Robin was one of those guys. You look at his whole career - it's just like insane!"

Williams' career spanned four decades - in films, television, standup comedy and the theatre. But despite his talents as a comedian, Williams battled demons - in and out of rehab, Williams was reportedly suffering from severe depression of late.

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