WATCH: Letterman’s touching tribute to Robin Williams

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Robin Williams on 'The Late Show,' as presented in David Letterman's tribute to the late comic. (Photo via CBS)

Talk about saving the best for last. David Letterman was on vacation last week when Robin Williams died. When Dave returned to The Late Show on Monday night, one of the first things he did was to offer up this fond remembrance of the incomparable comic and actor.

The two men met in 1976 at the Comedy Store in Los Angeles when both were trying to break in as standups. That explains why this is such a long and lovely tribute (Dave reminisces about Williams for more than eight minutes before showing the montage).

Dave’s summation was both sad and sweet: “Beyond being a very talented man and a good friend and a gentleman, I’m sorry like everybody else I had no idea that the man was in pain, that the man was suiffering. What a guy – Robin Willaims.”

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