Robin Williams, found dead in his California home, is remembered by Hollywood elite. Julie Noce reports.
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The death of comedic legend and actor Robin Williams has shocked colleagues and fans around the world.
News of his passing prompted Hollywood's elite to express their sadness on Twitter.
Steve Martin said he was stunned at the news and called Williams a genuine soul.
Comedian and talk show host Ellen DeGeneres said she was heartbroken.
During a film premiere in New York, veteran director Phillip Noyce had this to say about Williams.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) PHILLIP NOYCE, DIRECTOR, SAYING:
"He was one of the greatest comedians of all time. He made us laugh deep down in our hearts, in our minds, ever part of our bodies."
And in Australia, his death led early morning newscasts.
SOUNDBITE)(English) AUSTRALIAN BROADCASTING CORPORATION NEWSREADER ROS CHILDS SAYING:
"The entertainment industry is reeling from the news that Oscar winner and comedic genius Robin Williams has been found dead at his californian home.
Williams' was known for both his frenetic comedic stylings and ability to play dramatic roles.
In 1998 he won an Academy Award for his role in the film "Good Will Hunting".
During his acceptance speech he thanked his late father and joked about whether he would be successful in the tough world of show business.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) ROBIN WILLIAMS SAYING:
"I wanna thank my father... up there... the man, who, when I said I wanted to become an actor said 'wonderful, just have a back up profession, like welding."
Williams was 63 years old.
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