Robin Williams wished his daughter Zelda on her 25th birthday with a sweet photo before he passed away.
A father wants his daughter to smile even if he is going through a tough time. Robin Williams was such a dad. Even while he was physically and mentally suffering, he put on a strong face in front of his daughter. Few weeks before he passed away, his daughter Zelda celebrated her 25th birthday.
The comedian and loving father took to Instagram to wish her on 31st July 2014. He wrote, "#tbt and Happy Birthday to Ms. Zelda Rae Williams! Quarter of a century old today but always my baby girl. Happy Birthday, @zeldawilliams Love you!," according to US Weekly. The late actor even shared a throwback black and white picture of the two. Soon after, on 11 August, Williams bid farewell to the world and his family.
His wife, Susan Schneider Williams shared a statement that said, "This morning, I lost my husband and my best friend, while the world lost one of its most beloved artists and beautiful human beings. I am utterly heartbroken. On behalf of Robin’s family, we are asking for privacy during our time of profound grief. As he is remembered, it is our hope the focus will not be on Robin’s death, but on the countless moments of joy and laughter he gave to millions."
Zelda grieved along with the family. She did not think the man who made her smile weeks ago with a message would be gone too soon.
His tragic death shattered her world. Speaking to Today, Zelda stated, "I didn't see daylight for a while....For a while, no one would let me do anything. I think there’s that reaction of like, 'Oh, s—, are you OK?' And then even if you are OK, they’re like, ‘Well, what’s wrong?' And so for a while, I was just kind of left to my own devices." Devastated by her loss, she kept herself away from the public.
The memories of her father consoled her but she still found it hard to cope with his absence. "It’s going to take a lot of work to allow myself to have the sort of fun, happy life that I had, but that's important. Anybody who has ever lost anyone works very hard to continue that memory in a positive way," said Zelda to Today.
On, the other hand, she knew her father would not want her to remain in sadness. "He didn't like people feeling the things that were hard for them they should go through alone. And I think that's the big legacy, for me and for him and for my brothers," said the girl to Daily Mail.
Despite years of his passing, Zelda still finds it difficult to celebrate her birthday without thinking of his death. In July 2018, she put up an emotional post on how difficult it is to overcome grief. "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 round like clockwork and usurp all others, no matter how hard you may try to prepare for or avoid them. These weeks are the hardest for me, and thus, you’ll see me a lot less, if at all," wrote Zelda on Instagram, according to People. She continued, "...Consider this my one open armed response, before I go take my yearly me time to celebrate his and my birthdays in peace. Thank you for loving him. Thank you for supporting him and his life’s work. Thank you for missing him. I do too."
She even encouraged the actor's fans to engage in charities as a show of respect to the late actor. On his birthday she wrote, "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. Otherwise some great orgs he loved include @cafoundation, @dswt and @reevefoundation. Mostly, try to spread some laughter and kindness around. 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. Happy early birthday, Poppo. Miss you every day, but especially these ones."
Though it is still painful for her, she says, "That’s their memories, that's what's important. I have mine and they are mine and I love that.”