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Billy Crystal’s Touching Tribute to Robin Williams during 2014 Emmys

The late Robin Williams received a touching tribute by longtime friend Billy Crystal during the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards held at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles, California Monday evening. The pomp and glamor of the evening came to a quick pause as Crystal delivered a heartfelt message and shared some cherished memories of Williams. You can check out the tribute in its entirety here.

Billy Crystal delivers a heartfelt tribute to the late Robin Williams during the 2014 Annual Emmy Awards
Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images

Following Sara Bareilles' performance of “Smile” during the In Memoriam segment, Crystal walked out on the dark stage and stood in front of a large picture of Williams. Crystal told the audience, "As genius as he was on stage, he was the greatest friend you could imagine: supportive, protective [and] loving. It's very hard to talk about him in the past, he was so present in all our lives … for 40 years, he was the brightest star in the comedy galaxy."
In closing, a short video featuring some of Williams’ memorable appearances lit up the screen, ending with a skit where the actor pretends to walk off stage holding hands with a father much taller than he is. The tribute ended with a slow fade to black ahead of a commercial break.

Williams was found dead in his Tiburon, California home August 11th, 2014 by his personal assistant. The 63-year-old actor committed suicide by asphyxia. Marin County Sherriff’s Lt. Keith Boyd revealed Williams was clothed, in a seated position “with a belt secured around his neck, with the other end of the belt wedged between the closet door and the door frame.” Williams is survived by this third wife, Susan Schneider and his three children from previous marriages Zachary, 31, Zelda, 25 and Cody 22.