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Robin Williams' Three Children Release Touching Statements

Robin Williams' Three Children Release Touching Statements

Robin Williams‘ three children have all released statements following the shocking death of their father on Monday (August 11).

The statements come after his daughter Zelda, 25, posted a touching quote on her Twitter account in remembrance of her dad.

She later took to her social media account to thank her father’s fans for donating to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in his memory.

Robin had one son with his first wife Valerie VelardiZachary Pym, 31, – and two children with his second wife Marsha Garces – daughter Zelda Rae, 25, and son Cody Alan, 22.

Click inside to read the three statements in full…

Robin Williams and his son Zak (Pictured: April 28, 2012)

“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.” – Zachary Williams

Robin Williams and his daughter Zelda (Pictured: November 9, 2009)

“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.” – Zelda Williams

Robin Williams and his son Cody (Pictured: November 12, 2007)

“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.” – Cody Williams

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  • Kiley

    So sad. I wish so badly he would have “recovered” from this depression, but it seems to be a lifelong battle for some people. I hope people remember him for his talent, humor, and generous heart rather than how he died. RIP

  • Carly

    Too sad.

  • Rach

    The saddest I’ve ever been to a celebrities death. Some of my greatest childhood and adolescent memories are tied with his works. I miss him already

  • What a snooze!

    God now has a angel of laughter. I will miss this man and all the good he contributed to this dark world. RIP you wonderful person! We will truly miss you.

  • Amy

    Zelda is right. He should’ve put his children first. I know he was suffering, but he shouldn’t have given in.

  • Dona

    Thank you for giving us 63 years of your life…to make us laugh and cry. Your movies ALWAYS made us think more deeply than we would have without you. It must have been so hard for you sometimes…and yet so many of us never knew it. I am so happy to know you are laughing in heaven and finally at peace. God Bless You and your loved ones…

  • Bryan

    Ive followed Robin for his entire career. Never have a felt a loss so deeply….and I have loss 2 partners to aids and countless friends to suicide. I wish I wish I wish I would have know robin personally ..I would have helped him…tears have continuously fallen from my eyes..(and I have only one)..a joke because I have a glass eye! At 54 I understand ..
    To his 3 kids…I can tell he loved ya’ll..know he will be watching you guys!!!!I WISH I WISH I WISH

  • scarlett

    He may be gone, but he clearly raised three extraordinary chillden

  • http://Facebook Mary annette reid

    Thank you for making my life beautiful and full of laughter. I will miss the beauty of who were. God bless you thank you for sharing him with

  • Darryl Noyer

    Its so sad to lose such a great talent and human being. He touched so many people in such a wonderful way. I feel for the family members and Robin many friends I know the pain and hurt that go with a suicide first hand. I lost my father at the age of 19 suicide . My father was everything to me. He taught me so much about life and how to be a good man. Caring more at helping someone else then his own self. My Dad owned a mom& pop grocery store .People would come to him needing credit because they were out of work. He never turned his back on them even when they hadn’t paid the last bill He was a very generous man. .I thought he was kidding when he mentioned killing himself. He was struggling with health issues and gotten involved with a poor business choice that was bankrupting him The thing that hurts the worst was the day he was standing ironing clothes and getting ready to go out with a friend. He was angered that wasn’t out looking for another job he then went scolding talk of how he was going to get back on his feet through hard work. I knew he could too he could do anything he put his mind to it . But at 59 its hard to start over again To this day it still haunts me that I didn’t go back in house and tell him how much I loved him and how important he was to me and so many people.
    Sometimes it seems quite awkward to say those thing . but if I had just taken the time I might have been able enjoyed his company several years more
    In the Mash movie they have a song Suicide is painless it brings on many changes. For those left behind its never painless
    My thoughts and prayers go out to Robin Willams and his family

    God Bless you and keep you

  • guest

    I keep crying every time I read one of those kids statements. I cannot keep the tears from flowing. This is just so sad. This is the first time I have ever shed tears at the death of a celebrity.
    I want to say to the three kids Robin left behind, stay strong, and lean on God.

  • guest

    @Darryl Noyer:

    Darryl, bless your heart. I am so sorry for your loss. God bless you and keep you.

  • annoymous

    I miss his laughter rip robin williams

  • Lena

    I really liked his movies. My favorite of his movies, IRONICALLY, was actually one of my most favorite movies “What dreams May Come” about a man who dies, goes to heaven, and when he learns his soul mate wife killed herself over grief of his passing, he goes to he/ll to try to save her soul and get her back because “all suicides go to hell.”

    I don’t believe God is so harsh as to send people who commit suicide to he/ll, but I believe the soul lives on as well as our energy and emotions, both positive and negative, which is why for those considering suicide for MENTAL pain, I would consider asking whether there is a possibility that if you believe the soul and mind is separate from the physical body, whether you can really get rid of the “pain and mental suffering” through suicide or whether that lives on to the next dimension. Why not stay here? You’re among friends. Find them. They can help. Things always get better…

    I mean, if Williams’ suffering was in his MIND and not his physical body, how does getting rid of the physical body through suicide fix things? Physical suffering I can understand more. I knew someone who was living in tremendous PHYSICAL pain for years. He couldn’t stand to live that way any more. So he killed himself. I know a woman who had ovarian cancer. She had been subjected to treatment after treatment of chemotherapy. It would be fine and go away. Then return. One day, she told me she was not doing chemo again. I told her that this was the only way she could live. She said she knew she was basically deciding to die, but the pain and misery of chemo had gotten too much for her. Too much PHYSICAL pain for her to live with. Leading to mental suffering, depression, and the decision. Those friends deciding to die to end PHYSICAL pain. I certainly don’t condemn them. They stopped their PHYSICAL lives to end physical pain. Not to end mental pain.

    On the other hand, I believe narcotics taken for injuries can create dependence and that feeling of pain. Including a cloudy “depression.”. And i would not underestimate the power of prescription drugs ,or over the counters, on the mind and in causing depression and in thoughts of suicide. I was taking a new medicine to control migraine (old medicine, higher dosage) and I suddenly started to get severely depressed. And it was weird. I’m talking if you can imagine yourself studying yourself getting depressed. I literally felt like I was still in control but that my body was literally “fighting” me to try to be very depressed. I am extremely happy (content with my life) by nature, love life, see the glass as half full (although I am aggressive and zealous and passionate about issues I believe in and fight for). I have NOTHING in my life to depress me. Yet, suddenly, with a slight increase in dosage, I had passing thoughts of suicide but I didn’t feel they were coming from ME. I literally felt they were a CHEMICAL reaction of some sort. I don’t drink either, or do recreational drugs. Not thoughts of let’s go get a chair and rope but rather “woe is me, I can’t go on…” And then I’d like snap out of it all in like a second. Lo and behold, I Googled it and yes, “thoughts of suicide” was a SIDE EFFECT to the DRUG. I am observant enough to have been monitoring and I scaled back my daily dose. The MINUTE I scaled back my dose, problem solved. Immediately. Very frightening. Which made me wonder how many people get pulled under by side effects to medications. This wasn’t even a narcotic. It’s original use was to stop seizures for kids. I say WATCH behavioral side effects of drugs…. pay attention. Be aware. …

    My point is THIS. First of all, I’m pretty sure God loves Robin Williams and he’s in heaven. If his work on Mork & Mindy didn’t secure him a spot, then we’re probably all SOL. :)… Second, I would urge people to consider that if you believe the soul lives on, and the energy of the mind is separate from the body, that suicide is probably not going to erase the angst and sadness. Stay here, you’re among friends, find them, they can help. Third, if you have been hurt in the workplace, and are on narcotics, and are depressed, but still feel pain, maybe you should look into whether the cycle of need effect created by drugs like narcotics and your body’s addiction to them may be increasing feelings of pain in an effort to get more drugs, and that asking your doctor about this and ways to scale back might actually help with the pain and depression and potential thoughts of suicide. And be aware of drug side effects. Just my opinion.

  • Lilah

    At work we watched in complete shock and great sadness the news reporting Robin Williams sudden death. On behalf of us all, we send our thoughts and prayers to his family. I hope the media gives them the privacy they deserve to mourn the loss of their father.

  • LK

    @Darryl Noyer:

    Darryl Noyer, you are amazing. I’m sorry for your loss and pain.

  • Lena

    @Darryl Noyer:

    I am hoping you don’t hold on to guilt or regret. Your father had his life to live. You have yours. I don’t mean to sound abrupt. But, you deserve a clean slate, just as he had and made a choice. Who knows what prompted it. Physical pain, mental pain, chemical inducement from prescription or otc drugs. You might never know until you see him again. Which, one day after living a full happy life, (as you are entitled, free of regret for things you didn’t cause, couldn’t control and can’t change) I truly believe you will see him again. Ask anyone who has had a near death or OBE for that my friend. But, I am not aware of any cases of suicide documented where someone said they did it because they didn’t love their children anymore. I work with families. I have come to believe parents love their children more than themselves. But, they are also human and many times clueless just as we all are at one time or another. The other thing I have come to realize is that no matter what the circumstances, children always find a way to blame themselves for the actions of their parents. Both minor children and adults. I of course don’t know what your father was thinking. I don’t purport to. But, from what you have said and what I know about families in crisis, the last thing your father probably wanted was to hurt you or have you hold on to his pain for a lifetime. I believe your father is fine where he is and despite no longer being here, he’s really not far. That’s just my belief based upon my life experiences. I believe your father is okay. And I pray that you will one day truly realize that it’s okay to not hold on to that “what if.”. It’s easier said than done. And no matter how many times people tell you that, it’s a negotiation with your own mind and heart. Just as everyone in the world probably told your dad how much they loved him but it was the negotiations with himself that were giving him the stress.

    I suggest people look up or Google OBE’s or near death experiences when they are grieving. Because, in times of suicide or murder or tragic accidents, which are abrupt, loved ones can feel abandoned and taken off guard. Like post traumatic stress disorder. But, the experiences of so many are so similar about what follows this life, I think it can be helpful. :) Take care.

  • Sayer

    At least they’re adults. They got to spend time with their dad.

  • Lena


    I agree. My heart especially goes out to the kids in unprivileged families where dad kills mom and himself in a murder suicide leaving children behind with an uncertain economic future as well. Or visa versa. Those kids grow up with extra heavy human burdens they don’t deserve. And the added guilt of the completely valid and reasonable instinct to love both parents. Regardless of their mistakes. Still, I think most would agree that it’s okay to love both parents, and to forgive. It doesn’t mean betrayal for the murdered parent. But, still easier said than done. I just think it’s okay to say it out loud, once again, even if it’s been made clear or it’s obvious thousands of times. It seems to me that kids always find a way to blame themselves. On the other hand, if someone doesn’t want to forgive something like that, that’s their choice too I think.

  • Wilma

    Miss Williams, you are one of the very few people on the planet that can say with out a doubt your FATHER was loved by everyone. I have watched him from the beginning of his career and still watching him on You tube. He was a Blessing to the World. Any love life scum sucking person that would say anything mean to you needs a can of whup ars opened to show them they are foolish. Robin Williams Your DADDY will always be loved by Millions Sweetie don’t the words of idiiots ruin your feelings. HE LOVED you never forget that WE all Loved and will always LOVE HIM.
    MY Daddy died a long time ago he was not famous to anyone but Me. I love him till this day.
    Be who you are the young woman he loved dearly.
    Hugs from some other daughter

  • Debbie

    Darryl, I am so sorry for you loss as well as the family of Robin Williams. Your story touched my heart. You know the ole saying hindsight is 20/20. I also have had a touch with suicide. I took my best friend to his mothers and before he got out of the car he said “No matter what happens, know I have always loved you”. I would have never thought he would end his life. A lot of us fight some kind of demon (something our spirit battles against), it could be financial, alcohol, drugs, depression for many reasons and a lot of us keep it at arms length. We need to understand sometime not all of us can and suicide ends up being the end result. My heart hurts for any and all of you that have dealt with death but especially suicide because we are left asking what could we have done different. God Bless us all in our battles and be with you as you face your challenges what ever they may be.

  • Sarah

    It is sad day when all you can remember of Robin Williams is the 80′s tv shows and the 90′s movies but not today ! 2014. ! It is also sad to see the tv entertainment shows show improv and really old movies not TODAY!
    He was funny I. Crazy Ones it was when it got cancelled that his depression got worse! He was a great actor making Fun of the movies he did isn’t funny at all no wonder his daughter took down her Twitter and facebook. Page!

  • RW

    My heart is broken for all of us! Thank you Robin for bringing laughter into my life and millions around the world. I never had the opportunity to meet you in person, but felt in some small way I knew you. You touched my life and my heart with your ability to make me laugh and cry.. May God wrap his loving arms around you. See you on the flip side front row!

  • http://TabTabTab Tab

    Depression is an illness. People need to be kind and considerate to those who are suffering. It is very sad that a man who has offered so much to the outside world is not capable of doing the same for himself. This world has suffered one great loss. My you rest in peace, Robin Williams.

  • Kathy Martino

    My deepest sympathies to the Williams family. Robin Williams was such a kind heart and will be missed by all. God Bless.

  • barb

    @Amy: while it may seem to have been a selfish act, the knowledge of his facing a dreadful decline with Parkinsons Disease, perhaps he chose to leave us all at once as opposed to piece by degrading piece – something no one can understand unless they too face that future. It’s bad enough for an individual, but for a man whole is known for humor and laughter – well… he chose not to tarnish that legacy.

  • Brenda Niles Castillo

    Love fun awesome hilarious kind gentle father son husband friend robin Williams you are the greatest!


    To the Williams children:

    I have lived long enough to know, “and this too shall pass away”. Soon, all that will remain is the love and beauty of Robin Williams.