Crystal to honour Williams at Emmys

Last updated 10:25 21/08/2014
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LONGTIME FRIENDS: Billy Crystal and late comedian Robin Williams.

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Billy Crystal will honour Robin Williams at the 2014 Emmy Awards.

Wiliams was found dead at his Californian home on August 11 and the entertainment community has been in deep grief over his passing.

The men were close friends and they even co-starred in 1997 film Father's Day together, so Emmy producers thought it fitting Crystal pay tribute to Robin in a special segment during next week's ceremony.

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"We felt we needed to do something powerful and memorable. Billy seemed like the perfect choice," executive producer Don Mischer said in a statement to E! Online.

Mischer confirmed details of the special tribute segment are still being put in place.

But the producer does know everything is being done to ensure Williams is honoured with grace.

"Plans for the In Memoriam segment are in discussion,"  Mischer said.

"While we are all still coming to terms with this week's tragic news, we are working to give Robin Williams the proper and meaningful remembrance he so well deserves."

Crystal didn't release a statement after he learned of Williams' death and his tribute at the Emmys will be the first time he's publicly addressed his grief.

The only comment he made on Williams's passing was via his Twitter account several days ago. "No words," Crystal wrote to his followers on the micro-blogging site.

The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards are hosted by Seth Rogen and will take place at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. They're screened in New Zealand on Sky's Vibe channel on Tuesday from midday and we will be live blogging to keep you up to date with what is happening. 

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