Stars and colleagues lavish tributes on the late Robin Williams

Stars have been quick to pay tribute to comedy legend Robin Williams after he was found dead at his California home.

Steve Carell, star of The 40-year-old Virgin and the US version of The Office, said: “Robin Williams made the world a little bit better. RIP.”

DJ Chris Moyles remembered Williams’s breakthrough role in Mork And Mindy when he tweeted: “Rest in peace Robin Williams. Nanu Nanu. Shazbot.”

Anthony McPartlin, half of presenting duo Ant and Dec, said: “Robin Williams RIP. X My childhood was made very happy because of him. Thoughts and love to his family. So so sad.”

Britain’s Got Talent judge David Walliams said he had the ‘huge pleasure’ of spending time with Williams in Los Angeles with fellow Little Britain star Matt Lucas.

He said on Twitter: “I was so in awe of him but he was so sweet and humble.

“We saw Robin Williams perform unannounced at comedy clubs in LA. His talent was breathtaking & I have never seen such love from an audience.”

Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane said: “The world just got a lot less funny. Robin Williams is a tragic loss.”

Comic actor Simon Pegg called him a ‘true great’, posting a YouTube link to a scene from Good Will Hunting.

Stephen Fry said: “Devastating news about @robinwilliams – knew him a little and liked him a whole lot more. A brain wired like no other and so so kind.”

Rory Bremner said: “Really saddened to hear Robin Williams has died. He was a Catherine wheel of comic energy – brilliant, irrepressible, inspired. A true genius.

“His imagination was like electricity – flowed through him, lit him up, sparked wildly, consumed him. He inspired my generation.”

Film director Ron Howard recalled that he saw Mork’s genesis as they worked together on the US series Happy Days.

In a message posted online, he said: “We lost Robin – first witnessed his genius as he created Mork before our eyes in two hours on set. A Force. A Sweet Soul. A Brilliant Artist.”

Comedy film-maker Judd Apatow said: “Isn’t it mind-blowing how many times and ways Robin Williams touched your life with his work? For so long. What a gift he gave.”

Omid Djalili recalled that Williams mistook him for Alexei Sayle each time they met. “Had the pleasure of Robin Williams’ company five times. Each time he exclaimed ‘Alexei!” and gave me a hug. I never corrected him,” he said.

Hollywood actor Michael Keaton said: “Just so damn sad. This guy made so many people happy. There will always be that.”