Robin Williams' daughter Zelda paid tribute to her dad on Friday (10Oct14), remembering the tragic funnyman's battle with depression on World Mental Health Day. Zelda Williams posted a series of tweets in a bid to raise awareness for several charities she and her late father supported.
She wrote, "Mental illness is often misunderstood & misrepresented, but that's starting to change. Let's end the stigma... Mental health is as important as physical health, & whether there are visible signs or not, the suffering is real. It can affect everyone.
"So please, let's help stop the misconceptions & support those who need our help. Healing the whole starts with healing minds. Some wonderful mental health charities: supportbarrow.org, afsp.org, narsad.org, and hopeforthewarriors.org.
"No matter what the misinformed say, you can't simply choose to make mental illness go away. It is not cowardly to suffer or seek help."
She added, "Lastly, my dad openly fought depression his whole life, both in general and his own (sic). No matter what anyone says, it is a fight. Fight on."
Mrs. Doubtfire star Robin Williams committed suicide at his home in California in August (14).
Stars including Billy Crystal, Whoopi Goldberg and Stevie Wonder headed to San Francisco, California on Saturday (27Sep14) to pay tribute to late actor Robin Williams following his death in August (14). The Good Will Hunting star committed suicide in his adopted home of San Francisco last month (Aug14) and was laid to rest at a private funeral a week later.
His daughter Zelda organised a memorial service at the Curran Theatre on Saturday so his life could be celebrated by his famous friends.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, hundreds of guests attended while others sent in music and video tributes. Billy Crystal, who gave a speech in Williams' honour at the Emmy Awards last month (Aug14), paid another emotional farewell to his friend while Goldberg, comedian Bobcat Goldthwait, Bonnie Hunt, Eric Idle and Williams' three children and wife Susan also addressed the audience.
Stevie Wonder helmed the musical section of the memorial with the Glide Ensemble and Change Band from the Glide Memorial Church, where Williams' funeral was held.
Following the service, the guests headed to the nearby Westin St. Francis Hotel for a reception.
Other attendees include the actor's Mork & Mindy co-star Pam Dawber, Bette Midler, Ben Stiller, George Lucas, Danny DeVito, Rhea Perlman, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Jeff Bridges, Minnie Driver, Josh Groban, Seth Green and Eddie Izzard.
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Robin Williams' daughter Zelda has thanked fans for their support in the aftermath of her father's death, revealing she was inundated with letters of condolence from members of the public.
Williams took a break from Twitter.com shortly after her father passed away last month (Aug14) and she returned to the microblogging site at the start of September (14). She took to Twitter on Tuesday (23Sep14) to express her thanks to all the strangers who offered her comfort during her darkest times, writing, "I just want to say thank you for all the stories and letters I've been receiving, especially from those who've also lost loved ones. I don't come online often, but reading of others who have dealt with this loss & gone on to live happy, full lives is helpful. Truly."
After the touching words, she signed off by re-tweeting a picture of the Good Will Hunting star laughing during an appearance on children's TV show Sesame Street.
Bearded sing off :) RT @FreeThinkingUK welcome back! I wanted to share this with you before you went, I love it. pic.twitter.com/TYP0YNb4ZV
— Zelda Williams (@zeldawilliams) September 23, 2014
Robin Williams committed suicide in August (14) following a bout of severe depression and shortly after his death, Zelda deactivated her Twitter account when hoaxers began circulating a picture which they purported to be of her father's body.
Robin Williams' daughter Zelda has returned from a self-imposed break from Twitter.com after she was bombarded with hurtful messages about the death of her father. Shortly after the Oscar winner's death last month (Aug14), a photo of a strangulation victim who resembled the star was lifted from a Spanish-language website and posted online, with the sick pranksters alleging it was the final image of the actor.
Zelda, 25, urged fans not to open a link leading to the fake photo, and later announced she would be taking a break from social media to properly grieve her beloved father.
However, on Monday (01Sep14), nearly three weeks after logging off the microblogging site, Zelda returned with a simple post that read, "Thank you".
She also attached a link to her personal Tumblr blog, which features a quote by Williams' Mrs. Doubtfire co-star Harvey Fierstein, who said, "Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no ones definition of your life; define yourself."
Robin Williams' fans have started a petition to have the late actor immortalised in the Legend Of Zelda video game series. The Good Will Hunting actor was open about his love of gaming and even named his 25-year-old daughter Zelda after the popular franchise. In 2011, the pair also appeared in commercials for video game maker Nintendo.
Following Williams' death from an apparent suicide this week (beg11Aug14), a petition has been created on Change.org urging Nintendo bosses to create a background character named Robin in memory of the actor.
A message posted with the petition reads, "Please consider naming an NPC (non-player character) in the new Legend of Zelda game after Robin Williams. It was a series he loved, and it's a small tribute to a great man."
The petition has gained more than 77,000 signatures so far. Williams is also set to be immortalised in the World of Witchcraft fantasy game.
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A hoax photo of Robin Williams' dead body has prompted bosses at Twitter.com to reevaluate their policies on cyberbullying.
Williams died in an apparent suicide on Monday (11Aug14), and shortly after his death, a photo of a strangulation victim who resembled the star was lifted from a Spanish-language website and posted online.
The actor's daughter, Zelda Williams, urged fans not to open a link leading to the fake photo, and later announced she would be taking a break from social media after she was bombarded with hurtful messages about the death of her father.
Following the incident, executives at Twitter have suspended a number of accounts and decided to step up action against any members who misuse the site. Vice president of trust and safety at Twitter, Del Harvey, tells ABC News, "Twitter will not tolerate abuse of this nature. We have suspended a number of accounts related to this issue for violating our rules and we are in the process of evaluating how we can further improve our policies to better handle tragic situations like this one. "This includes expanding our policies regarding self-harm and private information, and improving support for family members of deceased users."
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Robin Williams' grieving daughter has urged fans of the funnyman not to open a Twitter link to a hoax photo of what sick pranksters insist is the dead body of her dad.
Zelda Williams was clearly shaken after learning a photo of a strangulation victim who resembled her father had been lifted from a Spanish-language website and posted online - as the late Oscar winner.
She tweeted, "I'm shaking. I can't. Please. Twitter requires a link and I won't open it. Don't either. Please."
She later deleted the tweet and apologised to followers, stating, "I should've risen above."
Zelda has since announced she is taking a break from social media after she was sent hurtful messages about the death of her father, who passed away in an apparent suicide at his home in California on Monday (11Aug14).
In a post on Instagram.com on Tuesday (12Aug14), she wrote, "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'."
Tragic actor Robin Williams is to be immortalised in popular video game World of Warcraft following an online petition. The campaign, created on Change.org, urged the makers of the hit fantasy game to create a character based on the Good Will Hunting actor.
Williams had spoken frequently in interviews about his love of video games, and even named his daughter Zelda Williams after the Legend of Zelda series.
When the petition was brought to the attention of game makers Blizzard, they immediately decided to set about creating the tribute.
Technical Game Designer Chadd Nervigg tells fans, "We're taking care of it."
Campaign organiser Jacob Holgate later updated the petition to reflect its success, writing, "In less than twenty four hours we've earned eleven thousand signatures, a huge amount of traction on many gaming and new outlets, as well as assurance from Blizzard employees that our desire for a Robin Williams tribute and or NPC (Non Playable Character) will be handled with great care."
Williams passed away in an apparent suicide at his home in California on Monday (11Aug14), aged 63.
Robin Williams' daughter Zelda is taking a break from social media after she was sent hurtful messages about the death of her father. The Good Will Hunting actor passed away in an apparent suicide at his home in California on Monday (11Aug14). He was 63.
His 25-year-old daughter Zelda issued a tribute to her father on social media following the news and received an outpouring of love and support, but she has now decided to step away from her accounts to grieve in peace after receiving upsetting messages about Williams' death.
She wrote on Instagram.com on Tuesday (12Aug14), "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."
Kurt Cobain's daughter Frances Bean has offered words of support to actress Zelda Williams following the death of her father Robin Williams on Monday (11Aug14). The Good Morning, Vietnam actor passed away after hanging himself at his home in Marin County, California, aged 63.
Zelda has openly mourned her father on social media websites, and now her friend Frances Bean has offered the grieving 25 year old a shoulder to cry on.
Frances, whose Nirvana rocker dad Cobain died in 1994 when she was just 20 months old, writes on Twitter.com, "You have such an incredibly beautiful soul. I love you but you already knew that. Wherever, whenever u need me I'll be there (sic)."