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Tributes to Robin Williams are popping up everywhere


"No words." — Billy Crystal

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When news of Robin Williams' passing first broke, the Internet was buzzing with rumors, reports and speculation.

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Not long after it was confirmed that the 63-year-old Oscar-winning actor and comedian had died, tributes began to pop up all across the country.

Williams' star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame became an instant shrine.

Fans gathered outside the house in Boulder, Colorado, that was used in scenes for Williams' early TV series, "Mork and Mindy."

The entrance to the "Mrs. Doubtfire" house in San Francisco was also covered in flowers, candles, signs and notes.

The "Good Will Hunting" bench in Boston's Public Gardens became a gathering place for fans mourning the star's death. BuzzFeed's coverage included photos of the bench and messages left by strangers.

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Comedian, author and radio talk show host Jim Norton penned a thoughtful piece on Williams for Time. Norton, also an addict and one who has contemplated suicide (even unsuccessfully attempting it when he was 17), shared powerful observations about the dark side of comedians: "The funniest people I know always seem to be the ones surrounded by darkness. And that’s probably why they’re the funniest." He added, "The deeper the pit, the more humor you need to dig yourself out of it."

Singer Judy Hood combined the classic Rascal Flatts song "Why" with a montage of photos of Williams to create a touching tribute to the star.

Facebook and Twitter were also filled with people sharing stories of their fight with depression and the battles of friends and family with the terrible mental illness that is believed to have driven Williams to take his own life.

The Motion Picture Academy of Arts and Sciences ("The Academy") posted a touching tribute that has been re-tweeted almost 200,000 times.

 Robin's friend and "Comic Relief" co-founder Billy Crystal has posted just one simple statement on his Twitter feed.

 Whoopi Goldberg, also a co-founder of "Comic Relief" and Robin Williams friend agreed.

On Tuesday, the hashtag #IamRobinWilliams started appearing on social media outlets.

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