Derbyshire film-lovers mourn loss of Robin Williams

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Film-lovers across Derbyshire are mourning the loss of American actor and comedian Robin Williams.

The star of films including Mrs Doubtfire, Good Will Hunting and Jumanji was found dead at his home in California yesterday in an apparent suicide. He was 63.

His publicist said he had been “battling severe depression”.

On the Derbyshire Times Facebook page this morning, tributes have poured in for the father-of-three.

Anne Copley said: “Such a sad loss. A brilliant, incredibly talented man who could have you rolling around laughing and then sobbing in an instant.”

Nikki Hodgson said: “Heaven has gained one funny angel.”

Gemma Rose Powell said: “He made my childhood. I hope he has found peace now.”

Julie Hollis said: “A truly amazing actor. Mrs Doubtfire was my all-time fave.”

Faye Portas said: “Loved him! Gutted.”

In a statement, police said: “At this time, the coroner suspects the death to be a suicide due to asphyxia, but a comprehensive investigation must be completed before a final determination is made.”

In a statement, Williams’ wife, Susan Schneider, said she was “utterly heartbroken”.

She added: “On behalf of Robin’s family, we are asking for privacy during our time of profound grief. As he is remembered, it is our hope the focus will not be on Robin’s death, but on the countless moments of joy and laughter he gave to millions.”

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