Robin Williams’ daughter tells fans what they can do to honor the late comedy legend

In 2014 the world lost one of the greatest comedic minds. Actor and stand up comic Robin William took his own life, much to the shock of his millions of fans.

The star of much-loved movies such as Mrs Doubtfire, Good Will Hunting, Jumanji and Hook, suffered from Lewy Body Dementia, which can cause memory loss, depression, difficulty moving and hallucinations.

Referred to as “the funniest person of all time” he was unable to cope with his diagnosis and took his own life on August 11 at age 63. He left a wife and three children.

His daughter took to social media, on what would have been his 67th birthday, to talk about the heartache she experiences, especially at certain times of the year.

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#OldHeadshotDay Farty and shooketh

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Last July, as her father’s birthday got closer, his daughter Zelda shared a photo of them together with a message to his fans.

She talked about how overwhelming the love his fans have for him and how the loss is still very painful for her.

‘Moments full of memory’

“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,” she wrote.

“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,” she added.

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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. ♥️

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Zelda talked about how she needed to retreat from society during such a painful reminder and how she couldn’t respond to the outpouring of love from his fans.

“Thank you for loving him,” she wrote. “Thank you for supporting him and his life’s work. Thank you for missing him. I do too.”

Charitable support

“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.”

Zelda also listed a number of organizations her father loved: Challenged Athletes Foundation, the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, and the Reeve Foundation.

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An oldie but a goodie. Happy, uh… Father's Day dad!

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“Mostly, try to spread some laughter and kindness around,” she said. “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.”

“Miss you every day,” Zelda ended the message to her “Poppo.”

The 29-year-old is forging her own acting and writing career releasing her short movie Shrimp in 2018.

At the Tribeca TV Festival she talked about the acting advice her late father gave her.

“It was always, you know, be kind, work very hard,” Zelda shared with ET .

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Birthday kisses are the best kisses ♥️ Thank you to everyone who has filled the last 28 years (and change) of my life with adventure, love, warmth and laughter. I cannot begin to express the joy you’ve brought to my life. Thank you to all my family, chosen and genetic, for loving me for exactly who I am, even when I’ve briefly been unsure who that is, or what she’s worth. I promise I know now. Thank you to all those in my industry who’ve helped me grow as an actress, writer, director and human. I may never be able to repay your generosity and time in adding so much texture and color to my craft, but I will still strive to daily with each set I have the honor to work on. And thank you to everyone on here who have helped me benefit great causes every year around this time. Giving to others is the greatest gift anyone could ever give me on my birthday, so truly, all my love to all of you who’ve given of yourselves. Leaving 28, I can genuinely say I feel as if I’ve lived a full life already, and 30 is still just around the corner! I am so grateful and so humbled by the sheer force with which my life’s tide keeps redirecting me, each time to more complex, deep and yet even more fulfilling waters. I’ve been overwhelmed, I’ve been lost, I’ve been flooded and capsized and at the mercy of so many monstrous storms, and yet I’m still here! And with each passing year I feel like a better sailor for it. So here’s to spending the last year of my twenties the way I spent the 28 others before it: collecting passport stamps, memories, friends, tattoos and scars. Bring it on!

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Still so greatly missed. His kind heart and determination still lives on in his talented children.