Robin Williams' death a tragedy: John Key

09:13, Aug 13 2014
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Robin Williams receives the Stand Up Icon Award during the 2012 Comedy Awards in New York
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Robin Williams onstage during the 65th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards in September 2013.
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Robin Williams holds his Oscar after winning best performance by an actor in a supporting role in 1998 for his role "Good Will Hunting".
Robin Williams stars in his 1996 movie "Jack".
Robin Williams stars in his 1996 movie "Jack".
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Cast member Robin Williams gestures at a panel for the television series "The Crazy Ones" last year.
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Williams doing what he did best, at the 6th Annual Stand Up For Heroes in 2012.
Actor Robin Williams speaks onstage during the 65th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards in 2013 as a picture of him in the cast of TV show Mork and Mindy is screened behind him.
Actor Robin Williams speaks onstage during the 65th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards in 2013 as a picture of him in the cast of TV show Mork and Mindy is screened behind him.
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Robin Williams and Ben Stiller in "Night at the Museum".
Robin Williams stars in the 1995 movie, Jumanji.
Robin Williams stars in the 1995 movie, Jumanji.
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Robin Williams and daughter Zelda Williams at the premiere of their film "House of D" in 2005.
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Robin Williams and wife Susan Schneider arrive at the premiere of "Happy Feet Two" in Los Angeles in 2011.
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Robin Williams entertains US Army troops as part of a USO Holiday Tour, at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, in 2003.
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Al Pacino and Robin Williams in a scene from the suspense thriller film "Insomnia" in 2002.
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Robin Williams shares a laugh by phone with the wife of a police officer working near the site of the World Trade Center collapse in Manhattan on Oct 17, 2001. Williams spent time with rescue workers as well as surprising their wives with phone calls.
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Billy Crystal, Whoopi Goldberg and Robin Williams share a hug on the stage of New York's Radio City Music Hall at the end of HBO's "Comic Relief 8" show June 14. The show raises funds for homeless projects.
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Scottish comedian Billy Connolly with his close friend Robin Williams, at a Lornach Highland gathering in Strathdon, Scotland, in 2000.
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Britain's Prince Charles meets Robin Williams backstage at the Wimbledon Theatre, London, in 2008, during a charity performance in aid of the Prince's Trust.
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Robin Williams' wife Susan Schneider has paid tribute to the star: '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.'

She can hip-hop, be-bop, dance till ya drop, and yo yo, make a wicked cup of cocoa.

She's Mrs Doubtfire, the star of the prime minister's favourite Robin Williams movie.

The death of the entertainer and actor yesterday aged 63 was a "tragedy," Prime Minister John Key said.

"If you were to list the great actors of my lifetime, I would rank Robin Williams right up there."

Williams was "hugely gifted and talented [and] he obviously had a deep affection for New Zealand," Key said.  

He would be remembered as a great actor who could play both serious and humourous roles.

On TV3's Breakfast show this morning, Labour leader David Cunliffe expressed his sincere condolences to all those grieving Williams, who he described as a "genius".

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