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Robin Williams' Kids Pay Heartfelt Tribute on His 8th Death Anniversary | “How Incredibly Kind and Joyful You Were”

Robin Williams' Kids Pay Heartfelt Tribute on His 8th Death Anniversary | “How Incredibly Kind and Joyful You Were”

"I don’t ask for much, but if I may, be gentle to your hearts today. I know I’m trying," wrote his daughter Zelda.

On the 8th anniversary of Robin Williams' death, his children are honoring him.

On Thursday, Robin Williams' son, Zak Williams, 39, posted a throwback photo of the icon and wrote, "Dad, on the eighth anniversary of your passing, I'm remembering how incredibly kind and joyful you were."

He added, "I deeply miss you you wonderful, hairy man and will be celebrating your life today. Love you so so much!"



 

 

Zelda Williams, the Dead Poets Society actor's only daughter, also tweeted in memory of her father. She quoted from the book Kafka on the shore by Japanese author Haruki Murakami: “And once the storm is over, you won’t remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won’t even be sure, whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain. When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked in.”

She also attached suicide helplines and other resources in her tweet and wrote, "A thread of suicide prevention resources I have mostly posted before. Please add any others you know of that may be helpful to others below too, so they can find them. I don’t ask for much, but if I may, be gentle to your hearts today. I know I’m trying. X"



 

 

On the evening of August 11, 2014, Williams died by suicide at 63, per People. The Academy Award-winning actor was a gifted comedian who had spent practically his whole life making people laugh and was adored by his millions of admirers.

During his last days, the symptoms of his condition kept wearing him down. He was misdiagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 2014.

In July 2021, Zak, a mental-health champion, told The Genius Life podcast host Max Lugavere about Williams' "frustration" at being misdiagnosed with Parkinson's disease. "What he was going through didn't match one to one [with what] many Parkinson's patients experience," Zak said. "So, I think that was hard for him." 



 

 

"I couldn't help but feel beyond empathy. I couldn't help but feel frustrated for him," Zak continued in part. "It can be really isolating even when you're with family and loved ones."
 
Speaking about how his father's death took a toll on his own mental health, he said that he was 'experiencing psychosis' and was diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. He was 'heavily drinking' to manage his mental health which 'created very harmful issues'. "I was self-medicating through the trauma using alcohol."
  
"I was just sick and tired of trying to treat myself using harmful means," Zak said. The father of two began mental health advocacy work, which helped him manage his own mental health challenges. He also found comfort in a 12-step program and group therapy.

Cover Image Source: Evan Agostini/Getty Images
Image Source: Evan Agostini/Getty Images

 

It is only after his death that they found he was suffering from Lewy Body Dementia. Unaware of his medical condition, Williams could not understand the reasons for his constant worries and memory loss. Despite his pain and suffering, he continued to care for people and their well-being. When the trailer of his documentary exploring the final days of the actor named Robin's Wish was released, his wife, Susan Schneider Williams shared that when asked about his last wish, "Without missing a beat, Robin said, 'I want to help people be less afraid.'" 

References:

https://people.com/movies/robin-williams-children-pay-tribute-to-late-actor-8th-anniversary-of-his-death/

Cover Image Source: Getty Images/Peter Kramer