It’s now been seven years since we lost the great Robin Williams, and his children are among those online paying tribute to the legendary entertainer. On Aug. 11, 2014, Robin Williams died by suicide at the age of 63. It was later revealed that he suffered from Lewy body dementia, which was initially misdiagnosed as Parkinson’s disease, and it’s believed that this heavily contributed to Williams’ passing.
Fans are still in mourning after losing Williams, despite the number of years that have passed. The actor’s children might be feeling the pain most of all, and taking to Twitter, Robin’s son Zak Williams was among many paying tribute to Williams on the seventh anniversary of his death. Posting a photo of his father, Zak wrote a heartfelt tribute to let Robin know just how much he is loved.
“Dad, seven years ago today you passed on,” Zak said. “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.”
Meanwhile, Zak’s sister and Robin’s daughter, Zelda Williams, took to Twitter to mourn her father’s death in her own way. First, she responds to an internet troll criticizing the way Zak honored his father online by writing, “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.”
In another tweet, Zelda adds, “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. X.”
On what would have been Williams’ 70th birthday last month, Zak opened up about his father’s final days amid his ongoing struggles with Lewy body dementia. Because he had been misdiagnosed, Zak believes that the drugs he was taking to treat Parkinson’s were only making his condition worse. As Zak told The Genius Life, “Those drugs are no joke. They’re also really hard on the mind and body.”
“I couldn’t help but feel beyond empathy,” he added. “I couldn’t help but feel frustrated for him. It can be really isolating even when you’re with family and loved ones… It was a… I don’t want to say it was a short period. It felt a lot longer than it actually was because it was a period for him of intense searching and frustration.”
The seventh anniversary of Williams’ death comes just days after the 25th anniversary of Jack, the Francis Ford Coppola dramedy starring Robin as a 10-year-old boy in a grown man’s body. At the time, thousands of fans were similarly paying tribute to Williams, thanking the legendary actor for all of the wonderful material he’s given us through the years. His star will forever shine brightly. Rest in peace, Robin Williams.