Robin Williams mourned in New Zealand

All Black legend Jonah Lomu has tweeted a farewell to his friend Robin Williams, the comedian and film star found dead in California today.

@robinwilliams rest in peace Till we meet again my friend Our hearts go out to the “Williams Family” Lots of Love Jonah&NadeneLomu


Williams will be especially mourned in New Zealand, where he had friends in Lomu and actor Sam Neill.

Williams, who visited New Zealand in 1999, was a friend of Lomu, and co-starred with New Zealander Sam Neill in the movie Bicentennial Man.

He visited both friends when he came to New Zealand in 1999 to promote that movie, bringing wife Marsha and children Cody and Zelda along for the 11-day ride.

He had a real Kiwi adventure on his first trip to this country, planning mountain -biking, fly fishing and beach blobbing.
Christmas was spent in the South Island, where the family intended to visit Neill at his Queenstown vineyard.

Williams and Lomu met in San Francisco in 1998.

California police today released a statement saying the 63-year-old was pronounced dead at his home at 12.02pm local time.

The sheriff’s office said a preliminary investigation shows the cause of death to be a suicide due to asphyxia.

Neither Lomu nor Neill could be immediately reached today.

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