Robin Williams mourned in New Zealand

12:31, Aug 12 2014
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.
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".
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.
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.
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.'

All Black legend Jonah Lomu has tweeted a farewell to his friend Robin Williams, the comedian and film star found dead in California today.

@robinwilliams rest in peace Till we meet again my friend Our hearts go out to the "Williams Family" Lots of Love Jonah&NadeneLomu

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BELOVED ACTOR: Robin Williams' New Zealand friends will mourn the death of the comedian.

Williams will be especially mourned in New Zealand, where he had friends in Lomu and actor Sam Neill.

Williams, who visited New Zealand on numerous occasions, was a friend of Lomu's after they met in 1996 when Williams gave him his personal Jumanji script.

"I'll treasure that forever and hand that down to my two boys," Lomu told 3News today.


Williams was one of the first "superstars" he befriended, Lomu said.

"Words can never express… what sort of a man he was. What you saw was what you got and … just a very charming and very beautiful, beautiful-hearted man."

Williams also delivered a personal video message when TVNZ featured Lomu on the show, This Is Your Life.

Williams co-starred with New Zealander Sam Neill in the movie Bicentennial Man.

He visited both friends when he came to New Zealand in 1999 to promote that movie, bringing wife Marsha and children Cody and Zelda along for the 11-day ride.

Neill said he was "stricken by hearing of Robin's death.

"He was one of the very few people you get to work with and know who had, without question, genius. Comedy, schtick simply poured out of him, unstoppable," he said. 

"But for all his ebullience - the man could fire up a room or a set like no other - you always felt there was something very tender and vulnerable about Robin. He was perhaps really only entirely happy with an audience. "

He had a real Kiwi adventure on his first trip to this country, planning mountainbiking, fly fishing and beach blobbing.
Christmas was spent in the South Island, where the family intended to visit Neill at his Queenstown vineyard.

Williams and Lomu met in San Francisco in 1998.

California police today released a statement saying the 63-year-old was pronounced dead at his home at 12.02pm local time.

The sheriff's office said a preliminary investigation shows the cause of death to be a suicide due to asphyxia.