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Robin Williams mourned by Hollywood

Former co-stars and the industry have taken to social media to pay tribute to Robin Williams.

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As the world reels from the loss of comedic legend Robin Williams, many are turning to his social accounts to get an insight into what the man valued most.

Williams' final public words were issued via Twitter and Instagram (see below) with a post shared three weeks ago for his only daughter's 25th birthday.

The photo shows a far younger Williams gazing pensively at the camera, with toddler Zelda Rae sitting on his chest.

The father of three's Instagram profile mostly has images of the actor working, with his family and animals such as monkeys and dogs.

Williams' battle with substance abuse, mourning and fatherhood fused while on the promotional trail for the 2010 release of his edgy comedy World’s Greatest Dad.

While promoting the film, Williams described fatherhood as a “pretty wonderful thing” and mused on the impact of death on those left behind after his close friend, Superman actor Christopher Reeve, died.

"It [death] happens all the time, I know, but I know their kids, they're amazing, and to see them go through so much loss in one year - that's tough," Williams said.

He also said that he had begun drinking again because of a general free-floating fear he battled constantly.

"It's just literally being afraid. And you think, oh, this will ease the fear. And it doesn't," Williams told The Guardian, adding he was afraid of everything.

“It's just a general all-round arggghhh. It's fearfulness and anxiety."

His publicist, Mara Buxbaum confirmed the actor's death of apparent suicide and said he had been battling with depression for years.

"This is a tragic and sudden loss," Buxbaum said in a statement. "The family respectfully asks for their privacy as they grieve during this very difficult time."

Williams' wife, Susan Schneider, said she was "utterly heartbroken".

"This morning, I lost my husband and my best friend, while the world lost one of its most beloved artists and beautiful human beings," she said in a statement.

Tributes continue to pour in for the actor on social media.

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