It’s been three years since the untimely death of Robin Williams, but his daughter Zelda keeps his memory alive. The 28-year-old revealed exclusively to Life & Style that she holds tight to her memories of her father.
“Anyone knows who’s lost someone, you honor them every day,” she said at the SAG-AFTRA Patron of the Artists Awards in Beverly Hills on Nov. 9. To do so, she has several tattoos dedicated to Robin, who died at the age of 63.
Along with a tattoo of his birthdate on her right wrist, Zelda also has a hummingbird inked on the same hand as a nod to her free-flying dad. “I have my tattoos for him,” she added. “That’s about the easiest [way to honor him].”
Robin committed suicide in 2014 before it was revealed by his wife, Susan Schneider Williams, that he suffered from Lewy body dementia. “It was not depression that killed Robin,” she told People magazine. “Depression was one of let’s call it 50 symptoms and it was a small one.”
She continued, “This was a very unique case and I pray to God that it will shed some light on Lewy bodies for the millions of people and their loved ones who are suffering with it. Because we didn’t know. He didn’t know.”
Recently, Zelda, who is an aspiring writer and director, revealed how she coped with her dad’s death in an interview with Chelsea Handler. “And so for a while, I was kind of left to my own devices and a lot of stuff came out of that, because I ended up writing 12 scripts. But then, I was also like, ‘Is there something wrong with me?’ and also, I didn’t see a lot of daylight for a while. But now I’m doing a lot more of that,” she said. “We lived in San Francisco, so for me, we were already kind of together and close and so I just kept going, ‘OK, today I’m going to wake up and love what I do. And tomorrow I’m going to wake up and be happy and love what I do. And then the next day … because that’s all you can do.’”
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