DAY IN HISTORY: World mourns death of Robin Williams

LAUGHTER turned to tears when one of the world's most beloved funnymen, Robin Williams, was found dead on August 11, 2014.

The 63-year-old began his career as a stand-up comic in the San Francisco area in the mid-1970s during the city's revolution of sex, drugs and rock and roll.

However, he began to gain national recognition when he moved to Los Angeles in 1977 and made a cameo appearance on the hit television show Happy Days as a visiting alien named Mork.

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The character proved to be a hit with audiences and it wasn't long before Williams had his own show - Mork & Mindy - where his magic, but manic, comedy entertained millions.

The show catapulted Williams into a new sphere and his stand-up shows started selling out across the country.

But Williams' successes were not without their downfalls: the hardships of performing stand-up leading the entertainer to start using alcohol and drugs.

However, Williams' star was on the rise and it wasn't long before he made the transition to the big screen.

Williams first major screen role was as the titular character in the adaptation of the beloved comic Popeye (1980).

Williams then majestically combined his comedic timing and acting prowess to earn an Academy Award nomination for Good Morning, Vietnam (1987).

He earned another two nominations - Dead Poets Society (1989) and The Fisher King (1991) - before he claimed an Oscar for his role as a psychologist in Good Will Hunting (1997).

Williams' voice was nearly as famous as its owner after lending it to countless films, including Aladdin (1992) - for which he won a Golden Globe - Robots (2005), and Happy Feet (2006).

Away from the camera, Williams was married three-times and had three children, one named after the video game The Legend of Zelda - a family favourite.

Zelda Williams with her dad Robin in happier times.
Zelda Williams with her dad Robin in happier times.

Williams also battled addiction problem for most of his adult life, however he did manage to kick his habit to cocaine, the drug which he started using earlier in his career.

Williams death shocked the world with the final autopsy confirming the comedian had committed suicide.

His death was met with an outpouring of grief and tributes from family, friends, entertainers, politicians and his global stable of fans.

"He was one of a kind. He arrived in our lives as an alien - but he ended up touching every element of the human spirit," Former President Barack Obama said of Williams. 

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