(ANIMAL LOVERS/CELEBRITIES) CALIFORNIA — Actor and comedian Robin Williams passed away on Monday due to an apparent suicide. Although many remember him for his infectious sense of humor and his starring roles in many classic films, Williams was also an avid animal lover and animal rights activist.

Williams enjoyed spending time with his animal coworkers on set, as well as hanging out with his own pets at home. While filming The Crazy Ones, Williams had the chance to work with a baby duck, and on the set of Night at the Museum, he befriended a capuchin monkey.

Crystal the capuchin monkey and Robin Williams smiling on the set of Night at the Museum. Photo credit: Peoplepets.com
Crystal the capuchin monkey and Robin Williams smiling on the set of Night at the Museum. Photo credit: Peoplepets.com

Williams also filled his Instagram with photos of him with his dogs Verna Pearl, a Boston terrier, and Leonard, a pug who he adopted from a rescue shelter in New York.

Not only did Williams find companionship in his own pets, but he also considered himself an animal activist who promoted the humane treatment of all animals.

Robin Williams and his dog Verna Pearl nap after a long day's work. Photo credit: Peoplepets.com
Robin Williams and his dog Verna Pearl nap after a long day’s work. Photo credit: PeoplePets.com

In one of his last public appearances, Williams appeared at the San Francisco Zoo where a howler monkey was named after him in his honor. Because Williams raised money for the San Francisco Zoo, the zoo wanted to thank him for his compassionate efforts.

Just this month, the actor promoted former St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony LaRussa’s Animal Rescue Foundation on Facebook.

Williams and his dog Leonard pose for Mr. and Mr. August 2014 for LaRussa's Animal Rescue Foundation. Photo credit: Joe Holleman
Williams and his dog Leonard pose for Mr. and Mr. August 2014 for LaRussa’s Animal Rescue Foundation. Photo credit: Joe Holleman

In addition to his support for animal welfare, Williams adopted a vegan lifestyle and refused to wear animal products such as leather or wool.

Being such a warmhearted and amiable man, it comes as no surprise Williams devoted such a large part of his life to loving and protecting animals.

Williams, with his extreme love for animals and his many amazing talents, has helped better the lives of both humans and animals. He will be truly missed.

Watch the touching video below of Williams having a tickle fight with a gorilla.

— Rebecca Hartt, exclusive to Global Animal

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