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Read Matt Damon's statement on news of Robin Williams death: 'He brought so much joy into my life'

Co-writer Ben Affleck also paid tribute

Robin Williams' Good Will Hunting co-star Matt Damon has spoken of his fondness for the actor in the wake of his death, describing him as a "beautiful man" that he will "never, ever forget".

Damon's face featured in so much of the coverage of the actor's passing, given his lead role opposite Williams in the Oscar-winning film, and now we have heard from him.

He said in a statement made to JustJared:

"Robin brought so much joy into my life and I will carry that joy with me forever. He was such a beautiful man. I was lucky to know him and I will never, ever forget him.

"I truly hope the people in the media can find it within themselves to give his family some privacy during this horrible time."

Ben Affleck, who co-wrote Good Will Hunting with Damon, echoed his sentiments, noting how he "made their dreams come true" through his award-winning performance.

He wrote on Facebook:

"Heartbroken. Thanks chief - for your friendship and for what you gave the world. Robin had a ton of love in him. He personally did so much for so many people. He made Matt and my dreams come true.

"What do you owe a guy who does that? Everything.

"May you find peace my friend. #RobinWilliams"

In an oral history about the film, Good Will Hunting producer Chris Moore said that Williams was "definitely was the linchpin for the movie getting made."

The bench on which Williams and Damon filmed that infamous scene about love and worldliness has been flooded with flowers and tributes in the past 24 hours, with one message quoting his line: "Your move, chief."