It’s hard to believe that Robin Williams has been gone for seven years. The comedian brought so much light and joy to many people’s lives. Everyone has their favorite Williams’ role whether it be the Genie, Teddy Roosevelt, or Peter Pan.
These past seven years have been especially difficult for Williams’ family and his two children, Zelda and Zak. Both took to social media on Wednesday, Aug. 11 to remember their father. Zelda Williams shared a message of love and support for everyone who has lost someone they loved.
“Sending love out there today to all the folks navigating loss,” she wrote. “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.”
Williams passed away on Aug. 11 2014 at his California home. Reportedly, the actor took his own life, marking a tragic end to the actor’s lifelong struggle with depression. While no drugs or alcohol were found on the premise, additional information later surfaced.
It’s believed that Williams felt the effects of Lewy Body Dementia. The disorder began to affect his cognitive functions and gave him increased anxiety. It also caused paranoia and confusion.
Robin Williams’ Son Pays Tribute
Robin Williams’ son Zak also remembered his father as well. In a moving tribute online, Zak focused on all the joy that his father brought the world.
“Dad, seven years ago today you passed on,” he wrote on social media. “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.”
Likewise, Zak also took to the radio waves to discuss Robin Williams’ life. Since his father’s death, Zak says he’s focused on mental health advocacy as a result.
“Plain and simple, the answer for me was service. I found a commitment to mental health advocacy working with nonprofits in the US. Through that lens of service, I’m finding a path to happiness. It’s really that simple for me.”
Zak Williams would like to see the stigma around mental health gone.
“Of course I did all sorts of other things to take care of my mental health throughout the day, but the big underlying element of healing for me is service,” Zak added. “The fortunate thing is the stigma is being reduced. People are likely to hear about what other people are going through struggles, and I firmly believe that taking a lens around being vulnerable and really owning that and finding ways to find resilience and strength from it is really the way to go.”