Ben Affleck 'heartbroken' by Robin Williams death

Annie Hochheiser of Cambridge, Massachusetts places flowers onto a fan memorial in honour of Robin Williams on the bench made famous by his movie Good Will Hunting in Boston Public Garden on August 12, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. Williams died in
Annie Hochheiser of Cambridge, Massachusetts places flowers onto a fan memorial in honour of Robin Williams on the bench made famous by his movie Good Will Hunting in Boston Public Garden on August 12, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. Williams died in an apparent suicide on August 11, 2014 at his home in Tiburon, California. -- PHOTO: AFP 
In this March 23, 1998 file photo, actors-writers Matt Damon (left) and Ben Affleck (right) pose with actor Robin Williams with the Oscars they won for Good Will Hunting at the 70th Annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles. Affleck said on Tuesday he was
In this March 23, 1998 file photo, actors-writers Matt Damon (left) and Ben Affleck (right) pose with actor Robin Williams with the Oscars they won for Good Will Hunting at the 70th Annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles. Affleck said on Tuesday he was "heartbroken" by Williams' apparent suicide. -- PHOTO: AFP 

LOS ANGELES (AFP) - Hollywood actor-director Ben Affleck said Tuesday he was "heartbroken" by the apparent suicide of his Good Will Hunting co-star Robin Williams.

Williams, 63, was found dead with a belt around his neck Monday at his home outside San Francisco, police said, stunning his worldwide legion of fans and colleagues.

"Heartbroken. Thanks chief - for your friendship and for what you gave the world," said Affleck on his Facebook and Twitter accounts.

"Robin had a ton of love in him. He personally did so much for so many people. He made Matt and my dreams come true," he added, referring to Matt Damon, another Good Will Hunting star.

"What do you owe a guy who does that? Everything. May you find peace my friend. #RobinWilliams."

Williams won the best supporting actor Oscar in 1998 for his portrayal of a college professor in Good Will Hunting, directed by Gus Van Sant.

Affleck and Damon also won an Academy Award for its script, which they co-wrote.

The film - with Damon in the title role as a self-taught maths wizard - launched the duo's Hollywood careers.

A park bench in Boston that appears in Good Will Hunting was among many sites associated with Williams' movies that fans turned into shrines to the beloved thespian.

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