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“My family has always treated our time together confidentially,” said daughter Zelda in her first remarks after his death. “It was our way of keeping a thing that was ours with a man we shared with a whole world. But now that’s gone and I feel exposed. My last day with him was his birthday and I’ll be him be forever grateful. ” my brothers and I were allowed to spend this time alone with him, exchange gifts and laugh. “
She also wrote in 2014: “He was always warm, even in his darkest moments. Although I will never understand how he can be loved so deeply and does not find it in his heart to abide, it is a small consolation to know our grief and loss are shared in some small way with millions. It doesn’t help the pain, but at least it’s a burden that countless others are now bearing. “
Zelda has taken a number of social media breaks since losing her father and usually decided to opt out for a while if the unwanted comment got too much. Nowadays, she has an Instagram account that she doesn’t use, but she tweets, mostly about her job (besides acting, she’s made music videos) and also to honor her father.
She shared some family photos and in response to a joke someone made about Julia Roberts Zelda was only six inches tall in her role as Tinkerbell in Hook and replied, “On the contrary, Dad was hundreds of feet tall and extremely hairy. He would occasionally strip naked for s-ts and giggles and take a dated girl to climb the Empire State Building. “
Williams would have been proud.
(Originally published July 16, 2018 at 3 p.m. PT)