Robin Williams' Daughter Zelda Quits Twitter After Receiving Hurtful Messages
Since her beloved father Robin Williams passed away on Monday, Zelda Williams has been dealing with some unwanted attention online.
Following the actor's untimely death from "asphyxia due to hanging," Zelda, 25, thanked fans for their outpouring of support; however, she also received some disturbing images and messages about her father.
Zelda, who is Williams' daughter from his second wife Marsha Garces, posted on Instagram on Tuesday: "I will be leaving this account for a bit 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'.
"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."
She added on Twitter:
I'm sorry. I should've risen above. Deleting this from my devices for a good long time, maybe forever. Time will tell. Goodbye.— Zelda Williams (@zeldawilliams) August 13, 2014
Williams also asked her Twitter followers to report two accounts she found particularly offensive. "Please report @PimpStory @MrGoosebuster. I’m shaking. I can’t. Please. Twitter requires a link and I won’t open it. Don’t either. Please,” she wrote. She later deleted the tweet.
Williams' oldest son, 31-year-old Zachary, from his first marriage with Valerie Velardi, said in a statement: "Yesterday, I lost my father and a best friend and the world got a little grayer. I will carry his heart with me every day. I would ask those that loved him to remember him by being as gentle, kind, and generous as he would be. Seek to bring joy to the world as he sought."
Son Cody, 23, said, "There are no words strong enough to describe the love and respect I have for my father. The world will never be the same without him. I will miss him and take him with me everywhere I go for the rest of my life, and will look forward, forever, to the moment when I get to see him again."