Robin Williams was my hero, says Billy Connolly

August 12th, 2014

Billy Connolly has described Robin Williams as his ''hero'' after the actor was found dead in his home in Tiburon, California.

Connolly - a close friend of the 63-year-old actor and comedian, whose death is believed to be caused by suicide via asphyxiation - said that Williams had an unparalleled talent.

Reflecting on his relationship with the 'Good Will Hunting' star, Connolly said: ''Robin was both my friend and my hero, a unique talent and a kind and generous man; the world will be a much poorer place without him.

''Robin was one of the most uniquely brilliant and complicated comic artists the world has ever known. As a performer, he navigated a dangerous high wire at every single moment - with no safety net.''

Williams' 'Good Will Hunting' co-star Minnie Driver also paid tribute to the popular actor, saying: ''I never met anyone who loved making people laugh more than Robin.''

Williams won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his role in the 1997 film - which also starred Matt Damon and Ben Affleck and won the Oscar for Best Picture.