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Robin Williams
Robin Williams seen on screen during an In Memoriam tribute at the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, in Los Angeles. Vince Bucci—Invision/AP

Watch Billy Crystal's Moving Tribute to Robin Williams at the Emmys

Aug 25, 2014

The past year was a tough one for Hollywood when it came to saying goodbye to all the great talents who passed away. While pop star Sara Bareilles sang a touching rendition of the Charlie Chaplin classic "Smile," the Emmy Awards acknowledged James Avery, Maya Angelou, Lauren Bacall, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Casey Kasem, Don Pardo, Harold Ramis, Mickey Rooney, Elaine Stritch, Shirley Temple and many more before ending with a special tribute to Robin Williams from the late actor's friend Billy Crystal.

"He was the greatest friend you could ever imagine," Crystal said in the tribute. "It's very hard to talk about him in the past because he was so present in all of our lives."

Above, watch the Emmys' heartfelt tribute, which certainly improves upon the unexpectedly brief 23-second tribute the MTV Video Music Awards threw together last night.

Robin Williams' Life in Pictures

Robin Williams life in pictures
Robin Williams in the 8th grade at Detroit Country Day School in Birmingham, Mich. in 1965.Courtesy Williams Family
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Robin Williams life in pictures
Robin Williams life in pictures
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Robin Williams life in pictures
Robin Williams life in pictures
Robin Williams life in pictures
Robin Williams life in pictures
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Robin Williams in the 8th grade at Detroit Country Day School in Birmingham, Mich. in 1965.
Courtesy Williams Family
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