Ahead of what would have been his 67th birthday, Robin Williams' daughter Zelda honored her late father with an emotional Instagram post that is garnering lots of love on the internet.
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It’s that time of year again. Everyone who has dealt with loss knows the pain of certain anniversaries, moments full of memory that come round like clockwork and usurp all others, no matter how hard you may try to prepare for or avoid them. These weeks are the hardest for me, and thus, you’ll see me a lot less, if at all. For all the internet’s good intentions in expressing to me their fondness for dad, it’s very overwhelming to have strangers need me to know how much they cared for him right now. It’s harder still to be expected to reach back. So while I’ve got the strength, consider this my one open armed response, before I go take my yearly me time to celebrate his and my birthdays in peace. Thank you for loving him. Thank you for supporting him and his life’s work. Thank you for missing him. I do too. If you’d like to do something in his honor, volunteer at your local homeless shelter, or look up how to make homeless aid backpacks. Give one in his name. He’d have loved that. Otherwise some great orgs he loved include @cafoundation, @dswt and @reevefoundation. Mostly, try to spread some laughter and kindness around. And creatively swear a lot. Everytime you do, somewhere out there in our vast weird universe, he’s giggling with you… or giving a particularly fat bumblebee its wings. Happy early birthday, Poppo. Miss you every day, but especially these ones. ♥️
"It's that time of year again. Everyone who has dealt with loss knows the pain of certain anniversaries, moments full of memory that come round like clockwork and usurp all others, no matter how hard you may try to prepare for or avoid them," Zelda wrote on Instagram. "These weeks are the hardest for me, and thus, you'll see me a lot less, if at all."
Robin's birthday falls just 10 days before his daughter's; she'll be turning 29 on July 31. Aug. 11 also marks the fourth anniversary of Robin's death, so it's understandable that Zelda has decided to take a break from social media and focus on self-care during a difficult time.
"It's harder still to be expected to reach back. So while I've got the strength, consider this my one open armed response, before I go take my yearly me time to celebrate his and my birthdays in peace," she wrote.
Before wishing her "Poppo" an early birthday in the Instagram message, Zelda encouraged fans who wanted to honor his memory to volunteer or donate to charities in his name, especially the Challenged Athletes Foundation, the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, and the Reeve Foundation.
Zelda posted a screenshot of her Instagram photo and message to Twitter with the caption "Tata for now." Within 24 hours, fans had showered her with love and shared how Robin affected their lives, too. One fan replied, "I knew your dad at the very end of his life but the beginning of my sobriety. We attended the same aa meeting on Thursday nights. I am so very sorry for your loss. Many of us experience grief around the anniversary of his death – I know I do. Hang in there love."
The last time Zelda publicly made reference to her dad was on Father's Day, when she tweeted, "To all those missing dads today, go out and do something to make you happy, hard as it may be. It's what they'd want."
Since Robin's passing, Zelda has worked on numerous projects, including the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles TV series (voicing the characters of Mona Lisa and Y'Gythgba); she also appeared in episodes of Stitches and Criminal Minds. Her latest film, Locating Silver Lake, was released last April, and her newest project, a horror anthology series titled Dark/Web, is expected later this year.