Ben Affleck Thanks Robin Williams for ‘Making My Dreams Come True’

Robin Williams and Ben Affleck

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updated 08/12/2014 AT 2:00 PM ET

originally published 08/12/2014 AT 3:00 PM ET

Ben Affleck has issued a heartfelt tribute to his friend and mentor Robin Williams, thanking his Good Will Hunting costar for “everything.”

“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,” he wrote on Facebook Tuesday.

“What do you owe a guy who does that? Everything,” he added. May you find peace my friend. #Robin Williams.”

Williams, who died Monday of an apparent suicide at age 63, helped launch the careers of Affleck and Matt Damon, childhood friends who co-wrote the screenplay for the film set in their native Boston.

Williams signed on to play psychotherapist Sean Maguire in the 1997 film, which earned him a Best Supporting Actor Oscar at the Academy Awards.

During his acceptance speech, Williams jokingly thanked his young screenwriters and costars, quipping that he “still want[ed] to see some I.D.” from the rising stars, who also earned an Oscar for Best Screenplay.

Affleck joins a slew of stars who have paid tribute to the iconic actor.

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For more on Robin Williams’s tragic death and his legacy of comic genius, pick up the latest issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday

The Williams family is asking well-wishers to send contributions to charities close to the actor’s heart in lieu of flowers. Suggested organizations include St. Jude’s Research Hospital, Challenged Athletes, USO, the Mohammed Ali Parkinson Center, the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation and Glide Memorial Church in San Francisco.

If you or someone you know is considering suicide, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

The Williams family is asking well-wishers to send contributions to charities close to the actor’s heart in lieu of flowers. Suggested organizations include St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Challenged Athletes, USO, the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center, the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation and Glide Memorial Church in San Francisco.


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