Robin Williams’ children Zelda, Cody, and Zachary have released statements following their father’s death.
Zelda, the most public of all three as an actress and renowned video game player–she was named after the Legend of Zelda character–had already posted a short statement on Twitter but followed up with a longer statement. This was the first comments for both Cody and Zachary.
“My family has always been private about our time spent together. It was our way of keeping one thing that was ours, with a man we shared with an entire world. But now that’s gone, and I feel stripped bare,” Zelda said.
Zelda Williams in a recent photo. (Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
Actor Robin Williams and his daughter Zelda pose on arrival for the world premiere of the movie ‘Happy Feet Two’ in Hollywood on November 13, 2011 in southern California. (AFP/Getty Images)
“My last day with him was his birthday, and I will be forever grateful that my brothers and I got to spend that time alone with him, sharing gifts and laughter. He was always warm, even in his darkest moments. 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. 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.”
Zelda, 25, continued:
To those he touched who are sending kind words, know that one of his favorite things in the world was to make you all laugh. As for those who are sending negativity, know that some small, giggling part of him is sending a flock of pigeons to your house to poop on your car. Right after you’ve had it washed. After all, he loved to laugh too…”
(L-R) Zelda Williams, Marsha Williams and Cody Alan Williams attend the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation’s A Magical Evening 20th Anniversary Gala at The New York Marriott Marquis on November 17, 2010 in New York City. (Jemal Countess/Getty Images for Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation)
Comedian/actor Robin Williams and Cody Williams attend ‘Cool Comedy – Hot Cuisine’ presented by the New York Comedy Festival at Carolines on Broadway on October 06, 2007 in New York City. (Scott Wintrow/Getty Images)
“Dad was, is and always will be one of the kindest, most generous, gentlest souls I’ve ever known, and while there are few things I know for certain right now, one of them is that not just my world, but the entire world is forever a little darker, less colorful and less full of laughter in his absence. We’ll just have to work twice as hard to fill it back up again.”
Cody, 22, who shared a mother, Marsha Garces, Williams second wife, with Zelda, added: 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. “
“I lost my father and a best friend and the world got a little grayer,” he continued. “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.”
Zachary Pym Williams, Robin Williams and Susan Schneider arrive at Comedy Centrals ‘The Comedy Awards 2012’ at Hammerstein Ballroom on April 28, 2012 in New York City. (Frank Micelotta/Invsion/AP)
(L-R) Zach Williams, Alex Mallick and Robin Williams attend the after party for the closing night of the 49th San Francisco International Film Festival on May 4, 2006 in San Francisco, California. (David Paul Morris/Getty Images)
Zachary, 31, half-brother to Zelda and Cody and son of Williams’ first wife Valerie Velardi, also shared some brief thoughts, saying that the actor was “my father and a best friend.”