The world lost a gem of a man on August 11, 2014, but his memories are still afresh in the minds of those who love him, especially his loving family.
Robin Williams is one of the few celebrities who is loved and remembered by everyone for his kindness, generosity, and his ability to make people smile, even after his death. The later actor might not be with us right now but the memories of him are still afresh in the minds of those who love him, especially his loving family. The world lost the gem of a man on August 11, 2014, and Tuesday marked the sixth anniversary of his untimely death by suicide at the age of 63. So this year Williams' son, Zak, took to social media to pay an emotional tribute to his beloved father, while daughter Zelda stepped back from the limelight like every year on this day before spreading awareness about suicide.
For Zak, Williams will always remain a significant part of his life and every year on his death anniversary he makes sure to post a tribute for his beloved father. This year, he promised to continue making him proud of him. Posting a black and white photograph of the Mrs. Doubtfire actor on Instagram, he wrote: Dad, today marks six years since your passing. Your legacy lives on in your family and in those who carry your spirit within their hearts. We will continue to fight for what’s good in the world, for peace, and for connecting people instead of tearing them apart. Love you so much!
Hoping to keep his father's legacy alive in a small yet meaningful way, Zak named his son, who is 1-year-old, McLaurin which was the late comedian's middle name, according to Good Morning America. Recently, he told PEOPLE that he is involved with a mental health organization known as Inseparable, a national organization focused on creating a 'pragmatic mental health policy'. Zak is an advisor for the organization, which aims at introducing a political change that makes sure Americans are granted access to mental health care, irrespective of where they are, amid the pandemic.
The coronavirus pandemic has brought light to a parallel pandemic that's happening," said Zak. "We are experiencing from it as a direct result of the pandemic... a shared trauma that's becoming quite acute as a result of everything that people have been through both in terms of the devastating economic effects, the isolation and a lot of circumstances from communities." He is also on the board of Bring Change to Mind, a nonprofit by Glenn Close that works to end the stigma and discrimination surrounding mental illness. Zak revealed that he became a mental health advocate after his father died by suicide in 2014.
A day before this, Zelda revealed how she would be keeping her distance from social media on the anniversary of the Oscar-winning actor's death. She chose to spread awareness about suicides and shared contact information of suicide prevention for fans with mental health issues and those who might be struggling. Tomorrow is Dad's death anniversary. As always, I will not be here. It's hard for me on regular, good days to remain the person expected to graciously accept the world's need to share their memories of him and express their condolence for his loss, she wrote.
As I've said in the past, while I am constantly touched by all of your boundless continued love for him, some days it can feel a bit like being seen as a roadside memorial — a place, not a person — where people drive past and leave their sentiments to then go about their days comforted their love for him was witnessed, continued the post. But sometimes, that leaves me emotionally buried under a pile of other's memories instead of my own. After all, even roses by the truckload still weigh a ton. Whoever out there needs to hear it, please use this as your signpost in the desert. Reach out. Seek help. Keep fighting. This was followed by screenshots of several organizations, including the National Suicide Prevention Hotline, the Veterans Crisis Line, Crisis Text Line, and The Trevor Project.
If you or anyone you know is struggling with thoughts of suicide please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 [TALK] for free confidential emotional support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You are not alone.