Robin Williams sadly passes away aged 63
In America last night, President Obama led tributes to actor Robin Williams, after the 63-year-old was found dead at his home. Although an investigation is underway, the circumstances are not being treated as suspicious.
The star, who appeared in iconic films including Mrs Doubtfire, Dead Poets Society, Good Will Hunting, Aladdin, Hook and Good Morning Vietnam, was last seen alive at his home at around 10pm on Sunday, where he lived with his wife, Susan Schneider. She has called him one of the world's "most beloved artists and beautiful human beings".
Williams had three children, two sons and a daughter, who has tweeted back to her father's final public words – in which he pledged his love for his little girl. She reciprocated with: "I love you. I miss you. I'll keep trying to look up."
In her tweet, she quotes from The Little Prince, a French illustrated book for children by Antoine De Saint-Exupery. It says:
"You – you alone will have the stars as no one else has them... In one of them I shall be laughing. And so it will be as if all the starts were laughing, when you look at the sky at night... You – only you – will have stars that can laugh."
The actor rose fame in the late 70s as an alien in the US TV comedy series Mork And Mindy, and later won his Oscar as the therapist in the drama Good Will Hunting.
President Obama has 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. He arrived in our lives as an alien – but he ended up touching every element of the human spirit."