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)."
Tragic actor Robin Williams' three children have broken their silence over their father's death. The Oscar-winning star passed away on Monday (11Aug14) after he hanged himself at his home in Marin County, California.
Since the news of his death, there has been an outpouring of tributes from fans, friends, and former co-stars, and on Tuesday (12Aug14), his three children finally opened up about their beloved father.
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."
The comedian's other two children with second wife Marsha Garces also released statements about their father, with Cody, 23, saying, "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."
His older sister Zelda, 25, added, "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. 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.
"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...
"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."
Zelda also took to Twitter to thank fans for making donations to the St. Jude's Children's Hospital in memory of their dad, and wrote, "Thank you to all those donating to @StJude in memory of my father. I'm overwhelmed. The charity meant the world to him, as it does to me. Knowing that so many children will be helped in his honor is all I could've asked for. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart. Thank you."
Ex-wife Garces also shared her sorrow, and said, "My heart is split wide open and scattered over the planet with all of you. Please remember the gentle, loving, generous - and yes, brilliant and funny - man that was Robin Williams. My arms are wrapped around our children as we attempt to grapple with celebrating the man we love, while dealing with this immeasurable loss."
"I wish I had words today to express the depth of sadness I feel for the loss of such an incredible artist and inspiration but mostly for my friend who lost her dad." Actress/singer Rumer Willis is thinking of her pal Zelda Williams as she mourns the loss of her father, funnyman Robin Williams.
Robin Williams' daughter Zelda has written a heartfelt tribute to her father online, following his death on Monday (11Aug14). The Mrs. Doubtfire star was found dead in his home in Marin County, California, aged 63. Initial reports suggest he committed suicide and his publicist confirmed he had been suffering from depression.
Celebrities flooded to social media to pay tribute to the funnyman, including his Happy Days co-star Henry Winkler plus actors Johnny Depp, Michael J. Fox and Sarah Michelle Gellar, and U.S. President Barack Obama.
His actress daughter Zelda has now added her own touching tribute to her late father, posting a quote by French writer and poet Antoine De Saint-Exupery that reads, "You - you alone will have the stars as no one else has them... In one of the stars I shall be living. In one of them I shall be laughing. And so it will be as if all the stars were laughing, when you look at the sky at night... You - only you - will have stars that can laugh."
Following the quote, she adds, "I love you. I miss you. I'll try to keep looking up. Z"
The 25 year old is the daughter of Williams and his second wife Marsha Garces. The actor was married three times and had two other children.