Robin Williams' Daughter Zelda Reveals How She Honors Her Father Each Year on His Birthday
By Paige Gawley
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Zelda Williams is celebrating her father ahead of what would have been his birthday.
On Thursday, Robin Williams' only daughter took to Instagram to share how she tries to honor her father every year, just two days before his birthday. The comedian, who died by suicide in 2014, would have turned 67 on Saturday.
"It’s that time of year again," Zelda wrote alongside a pic of the pair smiling for the camera after finishing a meal. "Everyone who has dealt with loss knows the pain of certain anniversaries, moments full of memory that come round like clockwork and usurp all others, no matter how hard you may try to prepare for or avoid them."
While the 28-year-old actress, whose birthday is 10 days after her father's on July 31, appreciates the outpouring of support from all those who loved her dad, she takes time to herself during particularly painful times.
"These weeks are the hardest for me, and thus, you’ll see me a lot less, if at all," she revealed. "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."
Following that declaration, though, Robin's daughter expressed her heartfelt thanks on behalf of her father.
"Thank you for loving him. Thank you for supporting him and his life’s work. Thank you for missing him. I do too," she wrote.
Next, Zelda -- whose mother is Williams' second wife Marsha Garces -- offered up some ways to honor her father, not just on his birthday, but throughout the year as well.
"If you’d like to do something in his honor, volunteer at your local homeless shelter, or look up how to make homeless aid backpacks. Give one in his name. He’d have loved that," Zelda shared. "Otherwise some great orgs he loved include @cafoundation, @dswt and @reevefoundation. Mostly, try to spread some laughter and kindness around."
She continued: "And creatively swear a lot. Everytime you do, somewhere out there in our vast weird universe, he’s giggling with you... or giving a particularly fat bumblebee its wings."
Robin's middle child -- he also had sons Zachary, 35, and Cody, 26 -- concluded her note with a sweet message for her dad.
"Happy early birthday, Poppo," she wrote. "Miss you every day, but especially these ones. ♥️"
“It's gonna be four years in August and it just -- it feels like a second ago, but I just hope that people will come and see this movie and understand a little bit more about the man and what made him this explosively funny genius,” Billy told ET's Nischelle Turner. "...This film gets you behind that and lets you get to understand how that happened. You know, how that kind of mind was created.”
Bob called Robin's death "a giant loss."
"[He was] a whirlwind of energy a beautiful human being," he said, solemnly. "... This is a man that was a force that you don't see [but] every couple hundred years."