There’s always a downside to social media and, unfortunately, Robin Williams' daughter Zelda is experiencing that just a day after losing her father.
While the 25-year-old was inundated with heartwarming messages from well-wishers, she also encountered enough negativity to cause her to post this on Instagram early Wednesday morning: "I will be leaving this account for a [bit] but while I heal and decide if I'll be deleting it or not. In this difficult time, please try to be respectful of the accounts of myself, my family and my friends. Mining our accounts for photos of dad, or judging me on the number of them is cruel and unnecessary. There are a couple throughout, but the real private moments I shared with him were precious, quiet, and believe it or not, not full of photos or 'selfies.'"
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The Instagram continues: "I shared him with a world where everyone was taking their photo with him, but I was lucky enough to spend time with him without cameras too. That was more than enough, and I'm grateful for what little time I had. My favorite photos of family are framed in my house, not posted on social media, and they 'll remain there. They would've wound up on the news or blogs then, and they certainly would now. That's not what I want for our memories together. Thank you for your respect and understanding in this difficult time. Goodbye."
Zelda also spent some time on Tuesday fighting critics on her Twitter who were posting mean comments about her father's suicide. Many of these users were also tweeting her a fake photo of her father’s body at the Coroner’s office. She later deleted those tweets and decided to remove herself from social media altogether.
She tweeted: "I'm sorry. I should've risen above. Deleting this from my devices for a good long time, maybe forever. Time will tell. Goodbye."
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She added, including a link to her Tumblr: "My only statement. My brothers' are also online. Thank you for all your kindness and goodbye for a while guys. xo"
"While I'll never, ever understand how he could be loved so deeply and not find it in his heart to stay, there's minor comfort in knowing our grief and loss, in some small way, is shared with millions," Zelda said in her official statement following the death of her 63-year-old dad. "It doesn't help the pain, but at least it's a burden countless others now know we carry, and so many have offered to help lighten the load. Thank you for that."