Robin Williams passed away on August 11, 2014. After his death, it was found that he had Lewy body dementia, a disorder with an increased risk of suicide.
It has been seven years since the world lost one of the finest actors and comedians, Robin Williams who died of suicide on August 11, 2014. Zak Williams, the eldest son of the Oscar winner, shared a heartfelt tribute in remembrance of his father. The 38-year-old took to Twitter to share his message.
He wrote: Dad, seven years ago today you passed on. The joy and inspiration you brought to the world carries on in your legacy and in your family, friends, and fans you so loved. You lived to bring laughter and to help others. I will be celebrating your memory today. Love you forever.
Dad, seven years ago today you passed on. The joy and inspiration you brought to the world carries on in your legacy and in your family, friends, and fans you so loved. You lived to bring laughter and to help others. I will be celebrating your memory today. Love you forever. pic.twitter.com/xw2pkO4shZ— Zak Williams (@zakwilliams) August 11, 2021
Williams' death came as a shock to his friends, family, as well as his fans all over the world. At the time, he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and was believed to have been suffering from a severe bout of depression. It was only after an autopsy was conducted that it would be known that Williams had Lewy body dementia, an aggressive and incurable brain disorder that has an associated risk of suicide. “It was not depression that killed Robin,” Williams' widow, Susan Schneider told PEOPLE, about his misdiagnosis and the false public perception of her husband's death. “Depression was one of let’s call it 50 symptoms and it was a small one.”
The Good Will Hunting actor would have turned 70 on July 21 this year. Zak shared a post honoring his father on his birth anniversary as well and stated: Dad, on what would be your 70th birthday, I would want you to know that your incredible spirit lives within us. Our family will be celebrating you and your memory today. We miss you and love you always!
Williams' daughter, Zelda, also shared a message on the occasion of his birth anniversary. In a tweet, she said: Thanks to everyone who sent thoughtful things on Poppo’s bday. Celebrated him in my own way yesterday, grateful for the space to do so. It’s gotten a little less strange over the years, and I’ve gotten a bit less scared of being me in the face of it. All things in time I guess…
For her father's death anniversary, she shared a few words of support and encouragement for others who were in the same situation as her and said: Sending love out there today to all the folks navigating loss. New, old, the connective tissue of that deeply human pain can be hard to bear, but I find it easier sometimes knowing how many others have felt the same sting. We’re not alone.
Zelda also took a moment to tell off a Twitter user who was nitpicking her half-brother's wording in his tribute message by saying "Robin Williams didn't just 'pass on'. He killed himself. If we can't name the things for what they are, how can we expect to help anyone in future?" She responded to this by saying: "How about we let people who’ve lost loved ones mourn and verbalize their loss how they feel comfortable? He’s my brother, and his son, and a father in his own right. We’re people too, not just advocates. Please don’t forget that on this often dehumanizing app. Have compassion."
Zak has been a vocal mental health advocate and even shared his own struggle with it after his father's death. "My becoming a mental health advocate stemmed from the trauma and loss I experienced after my Dad died by suicide," he said in an interview last year to ABC 7. "I experienced a serious low point in my life. I felt completely emotionally dis-regulated and was experiencing PTSD. I was self-medicating to the point where I wanted to not feel anything. I found that the most healing experience for me was committing to service around causes."