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Chris Rock mourns Williams and Rivers

Chris Rock is saddened by the passing of his "peers" over the past 12 months.

The past 12 months have marked the loss of two of the world's biggest comedians, with Robin taking his life in August 2014 and Joan passing away following complications after a throat procedure in September.

Now the actor has spoken out about the tragedies, commenting that it's affected the entire industry.

"It's been a really sad year," he sighed to British newspaper Metro. "It's just your peers. These are all people I've spent time with. There's not a lot of us [A-list comedians]! Robin, my God, who saw that coming? Joan had more life than everybody. Joan had more energy than me."

Chris also spoke out about Bill Cosby, who has been accused of sexually assaulting numerous women in incidents dating back as far as 1969, calling the situation "crazy".

As a staple of the industry, the 50-year-old understands the pressures comedians face. Especially live comedy is fraught with the pressure of being politically correct.

"It's probably the biggest reason I haven't done stand-up," he admitted. "It's very stifling - especially for comedians. It makes you ultra-paranoid. Just makes you very, very paranoid."

Instead Chris is focusing on movies, directing, writing and taking a starring role in Top Five. The comedy also stars Rosario Dawson and Gabrielle Union and focuses on a comedian who is desperate to make it as a serious actor.

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