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Robin Williams is remembered at private tribute

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Image caption Robin Williams had been battling severe depression, said his publicist

The life of Robin Williams has been celebrated at a private tribute ceremony attended by family and friends.

The ceremony took place on Saturday at the Curran Theatre in San Francisco, according to Hollywood Reporter.

Hundreds of guests attended, including Billy Crystal and Whoopi Goldberg, and Williams's wife and children.

Williams, 63, killed himself at his home in California last month. He had been treated for depression.

At the ceremony, there was music and video tributes.

Stevie Wonder performed, accompanied by the Glide Ensemble and Change Band from the Glide Memorial Church in San Francisco.

Other attendees included close friends, one-time co-stars and directors including Bette Midler, Ben Stiller, Christine Taylor, George Lucas, Danny De Vito, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Gus Van Sant, Jeff Bridges and Eddie Izzard.

Following the tribute, guests went to the nearby Westin St Francis Hotel for a reception.

After Williams's death, his publicist said he had been "battling severe depression", and his wife said he had been in the early stages of the degenerative neurological disorder Parkinson's disease.

The actor was first known for his zany portrayal of an alien in the 1970s TV show Mork and Mindy, a character first seen in the sitcom Happy Days.

He was a regular stand-up comedian while continuing to act in such films as Good Morning Vietnam, Dead Poets Society, Mrs Doubtfire and as the voice of the genie in Aladdin.

While many of his roles were in comedies, Williams won the Oscar in 1998 for best supporting actor as a therapist in Good Will Hunting.

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