August 13, 2014 1:30 pm
Updated: August 13, 2014 1:46 pm

Read new tribute to Robin Williams by heartbroken daughter Zelda


This article has been updated since originally posted on 08/12.

TORONTO — Only weeks ago, Robin Williams took to social media to pay tribute to his daughter Zelda on the occasion of her 25th birthday. On Tuesday, Zelda paid tribute to her famous father.

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“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,” she wrote in a message posted to her Tumblr account.

“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.”

Zelda said one of Robin’s favourite things “was to make you all laugh.”

She thanked the public for supporting the family in their time of grief but also addressed “those who are sending negativity.”

Zelda wrote: “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.”

In her online tribute, Zelda described her dad as “one of the kindest, most generous, gentlest souls I’ve ever know” and said “the entire world is forever a little darker, less colourful and less full of laughter.”

Late Monday night, she used Twitter to pay tribute to Robin, who died of an apparent suicide at his California home, with a quote from the late French aviator and poet Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.

She added: “I love you. I miss you. I’ll try to keep looking up.”

On Tuesday, Zelda said she was taking a break from social media. “Deleting this from my devices for a good long time, maybe forever,” she wrote. “Time will tell. Goodbye.”

On Instagram, she wrote: “I will be leaving this account for a but 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.

“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.”

Zelda, who has had small roles on TV and in films, is one of Robin’s three adult children. Her mother is the actor’s second wife, Marsha Garces.

Zelda has a brother, Cody, 22, and a 31-year-old half-brother Zachary.

On July 31, Robin posted an old photograph of himself and Zelda with the message: “Quarter of a century old today but always my baby girl.”

Shortly after Robin Williams was found dead, his wife Susan Schneider issued a statement asking the public to focus on “the countless moments of joy and laughter he gave to millions.”

She said: “I lost my husband and my best friend, while the world lost one of its most beloved artists and beautiful human beings. I am utterly heartbroken.”

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