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'Brightest star': Emmys pays tribute to Robin Williams

Published on Aug 26, 2014 10:47 AM
Billy Crystal takes the stage to pay tribute to the late Robin Williams, shown on a large screen, during the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, California on Aug 25, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

LOS ANGELES (AFP) - The 66th Emmy Awards paid a heartfelt and sombre tribute on Monday to the late Robin Williams, his friend and fellow actor-comic Billy Crystal calling him "the brightest star in the comedy galaxy". Dressed in a dark suit and stood against a poignant black background, Crystal recalled their life and times together.

The Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles also showed clips of Williams in films, on stage and in talk shows, and finished off with a portrait of him, followed by a stony silence in the blacked-out auditorium.

"He made us laugh. I spent many happy hours onstage with Robin. His brilliance was stunning, the relentless energy breathtaking. I felt like if I could throw a saddle on him and stay on for eight seconds I was doing great," said Crystal.

He told tales of happy times with Williams, who died on Aug 11, aged 63, of a suspected suicide.

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