Robin Williams’ children have posted about their late father on the eighth anniversary of the movie star’s death.
His son Zak Williams has paid tribute to his actor and comedian father, who died by suicide in 2014, at the age of 63.
“Dad, on the eighth anniversary of your passing, I remember how incredibly kind and cheerful you were,” the mental health advocate wrote on Twitter.
“I miss you deeply wonderful hairy man and I will celebrate your life today.”
The 39-year-old added: “I love you so, so much.”
Dad, on the eighth anniversary of your passing, I remember how incredibly kind and cheerful you were. I miss you deeply, wonderful hairy man and I will celebrate your life today. I love you so much ! pic.twitter.com/UBa51xeN2g
— Zak Williams (@zakwilliams) August 11, 2022
Williams’ daughter Zelda also shared a quote online on the anniversary of her father’s death.
She also shared an array of links to suicide prevention hotlines around the world.
“And once the storm passes, you won’t remember how you survived, how you managed to survive, you won’t even be sure the storm really passed,” Zelda posted on social media.
“But one thing is certain. When you emerge from the storm, you will no longer be the same person who entered. – Haruki Murakami.”
A suicide prevention resource thread that I’ve mostly posted before. Please add any other people you know who might be helpful to others below, so they can find them. I’m not asking for much, but if you allow me, be gentle on your hearts today. I know I try. X pic.twitter.com/fhl57W3lcU
— Zelda Williams (@zeldawilliams) August 11, 2022
In addition to leaving behind his family, the star also left an impressive legacy of work to the world.
That he made you laugh as the iconic blue genie in Aladdinmade you cry Mrs. Doubtfireor made you sit and think Goodwill huntinghis ability to make the audience feel was a rare talent.
Williams had struggled with alcohol and drugs early in her career, turning to substances to cope with the pressures of acting.
But his stint on the comedy circuit led to his breakthrough role as the alien Mork in an episode of Happy Days in 1978.
From there, the spin-off show Mork and Mindy was born, in which he starred alongside Pam Dawber.
The rest, as they say, is history. From then on, he became one of the biggest stars in Hollywood.
After Williams died in 2014, his family revealed that the actor lived with an undetected health condition called Lewy body dementia, which is a neurodegenerative disease.
The disease – which can often be misdiagnosed as Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s disease – can cause hallucinations as well as problems with comprehension, thinking and memory.
Months before his death, he had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and it was previously reported that he had feelings of paranoia before his death.
Williams’ disorder was not discovered until her 2014 autopsy.