Robin Williams' Daughter Zelda Pens Tribute For His Birthday

By David Konow 07/25/18

In her Instagram tribute, Zelda encouraged fans of her father to volunteer at homeless shelters and spread kindness in his memory.

Zelda and Robin Williams
Zelda and Robin Williams

July 21st marked what would have been the 67th birthday of comedy icon Robin Williams. His daughter Zelda Williams took to Instagram to pay tribute to her late father.

Shortly before the actor's birthday, Zelda wrote, “It’s that time of year again. Everyone who has dealt with loss knows the pain of certain anniversaries, moments full of memory that come around like clockwork and usurp all others, no matter how hard you may try to prepare for or avoid them.”

When her father's birthday comes around, Zelda revealed that she takes a break from social media because the outpouring of memories and sympathy on the net makes her father’s death harder to deal with.

“These weeks are the hardest for me, and thus, you’ll see me a lot less, if at all,” she continued. “For all the internet’s good intentions in expressing to me their fondness for dad, it’s very overwhelming to have strangers need me to know how much they cared for him right now. It’s harder still to be expected to reach back. So while I’ve got the strength, consider this my one open armed response, before I go take my yearly me time to celebrate his and my birthdays in peace.”

Zelda encouraged fans of her father to volunteer at homeless shelters in her father’s memory. “Look up how to make homeless aid backpacks. Give one in his name. He’d have loved that. Mostly, try to spread some laughter and kindness around. And creatively swear a lot. Every time you do, somewhere out there in our vast weird universe, he’s giggling with you… or giving a particularly fat bumblebee its wings.”

Zelda ended her post by writing, “Miss you every day, but especially these ones.”

The Hook actor died by suicide on August 11, 2014 at the age of 63.

In the wake of her father’s passing, Zelda has said she’s become an “accidental advocate” for mental health.

She told Women’s Health magazine, “Just because you can’t see something doesn’t mean it’s not ruining someone’s life. There’s a realization that everyone is fighting a different battle and you can’t fight it for someone else, but you can try to understand. Part of the first step forward, even before acceptance, but just toward understanding, is actually listening and learning.”

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