Jackie Chan saddened by Robin Williams' death

August 12th, 2014

Jackie Chan says the death of Robin Williams is like losing his ''best friend''.

Chan never got the opportunity to work with Williams, but was a huge fan of the 'Good Will Hunting' star and is saddened by the news of his passing.

He told 'Good Morning Britain': ''I didn't work with him. I met him for the first time at the Oscars a long time ago. I was standing in the green room and at that time my English was not very good.

''I see so many people in front of me and suddenly [I hear], 'Jackie Chan! [I'm a] big fan!' I didn't respond because it was Robin Williams. [I said], 'I'm a big fan, great to see you.' And then he was gone.''

Although Chan's encounter with Williams was only fleeting, he admits that the death - which is believed to be caused by suicide via asphyxiation - has affected him.

He added: ''I don't really know him, but I think today I've lost my best friend.''

This sentiment has been echoed by Steven Spielberg, who collaborated with him on 'Hook' and was also a long-time friend of the star.

He said: ''Robin was a lightning storm of comic genius and our laughter was the thunder that sustained him. He was a pal and I can't believe he's gone.''