Robin Williams' Children Remember Him in Heartfelt Messages

Robin Williams' Children Remember Him in Heartfelt Messages
Zelda and Robin Williams (Getty Images)Robin Williams' passing has led to an outpouring of support from fans as well as the actors, comedians, and industry folks who worked with him. But perhaps the most meaningful statements on the late comedian come from his family. Zelda Williams, 25, famous for appearing in a Nintendo ad with her dad that explained how she got the name Zelda from the video game, penned a letter posted to tumblr, and both her brothers have also issued brief statements.

Here's the statement from Zelda's tumblr:
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.
Unfortunately, Zelda's experience online hasn't been entirely positive. She abandoned her Twitter and Instagram accounts Tuesday after a string of harassing messages, some criticizing her for not posting more pictures with her dad, and some that included photoshopped images of her dad's body. Pretty awful stuff.

Zelda's brother Cody, 22, and their mom, Marsha Garces, also issued statements, as did older brother Zak, 31, from Williams' first marriage to Valerie Velardi.

Here's Zak's 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.
And Cody's:
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.
And Marsha's:
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.
Here's a picture of Robin with Marsha and Zelda in 2005.
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Robin Williams takes his wife Marsha Garces Williams and daughter Zelda (b. 1989) to the premiere of "House of D" directed by David Duchovny and starring his wife TŽa Leoni. (Bauer Griffin)more pics »
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