Robin Williams' Daughter Quits Social Media

Zelda Williams was upset by online trolls

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Aug 13, 2014 10:54 AM CDT

(Newser) – Robin Williams' daughter, Zelda, shared a touching quote on Twitter after her father's death—but now the 25-year-old has decided to quit Twitter and Instagram, at least for a while, after online trolls started posting negative pictures and comments directed at her. First, Zelda asked her followers to report the trolls, but she later removed that request and tweeted last night, "I'm sorry. I should've risen above. Deleting this from my devices for a good long time, maybe forever. Time will tell. Goodbye." She posted a similar message on Instagram, Us reports. More:

  • Zelda and her two brothers also released official statements on their father's death, Us adds, with Zelda sharing, "My last day with him was his birthday, and I will be forever grateful that my brothers and I got to spend that time alone with him, sharing gifts and laughter. He was always warm, even in his darkest moments." Zak, 31, requested that mourners "seek to bring joy to the world as he sought" while Cody, 22, said he "will look forward, forever, to the moment when I get to see him again."
  • Williams' ex-wife, Marsha Garces Williams, mother of Zelda and Cody, released her own statement, calling her heart "split wide open and scattered over the planet with all of you." Williams' current wife, Susan Schneider, had previously released her own statement calling Williams her best friend.

  • One person supporting Zelda: Frances Bean Cobain, who knows what it's like to lose a parent to suicide. "You have such an incredibly beautiful soul," Cobain tweeted to Zelda. "I love you but you already knew that. Wherever, whenever u need me I'll be there."
  • Lisa Jakub, who played Williams' oldest daughter in Mrs. Doubtfire, wrote a tribute to Williams on her blog, recalling how he wrote a letter to her school when it kicked her out during filming. The letter is posted here.
  • Howard Stern is regretting that he was an "immature a------" when Williams came on his show decades ago, Death and Taxes reports. On his show yesterday, Stern said he wasn't trying to be "malicious," but that he "asked some questions that perhaps went into areas that he had enough of." In retrospect, Stern said, he realizes "this was a guy who should have been celebrated."
  • In happier memories, Conan O'Brien recalled on his show last night the time that Williams bought him a "ridiculous" bicycle, orange and green with shamrocks on it, to cheer him up, Gawker reports. "Do you really look stupid riding it?" Williams asked him, according to O'Brien. "I said, 'Yeah, I'm going to look really stupid.' And he said, 'Well then, that's good then.'"
  • Also mourning Williams: the video game community. Williams was an avid gamer, naming both Zelda and Cody after video game characters, and his fellow gamers are trying to get him honored, Salon reports. Possibilities include a character in World of Warcraft or a dedication in the next Legend of Zelda game.
  • Even Koko, the gorilla who knows sign language, is mourning Williams' death, BuzzFeed reports. The two met in 2001 and hit it off, and when told about Williams' death, "Koko was quiet and looked very thoughtful," according to a spokesperson for the Gorilla Foundation. Later, she "became very somber, with her head bowed and her lip quivering."

Robin Williams, left, his ex-wife Marsha, center left, daughter Zelda, and Jared Silver attend the premiere of License to Wed on June 25, 2007, in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles.
Robin Williams, left, his ex-wife Marsha, center left, daughter Zelda, and Jared Silver attend the premiere of "License to Wed" on June 25, 2007, in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles.   (AP Photo/Phil McCarten)
Cast member Robin Williams, right, and his daughter, Zelda, pose together at the premiere of World's Greatest Dad in Los Angeles on Thursday, Aug. 13, 2009.
Cast member Robin Williams, right, and his daughter, Zelda, pose together at the premiere of "World's Greatest Dad" in Los Angeles on Thursday, Aug. 13, 2009.   (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)
Zelda Williams, left, and Robin Williams arrive to the premiere of Old Dogs on Nov. 9, 2009, in Los Angeles.
Zelda Williams, left, and Robin Williams arrive to the premiere of "Old Dogs" on Nov. 9, 2009, in Los Angeles.   (AP Photo/Katy Winn)
Zelda Williams, at left, and Robin Williams arrive to the premiere of Old Dogs on Monday Nov. 9, 2009, in Los Angeles.
Zelda Williams, at left, and Robin Williams arrive to the premiere of "Old Dogs" on Monday Nov. 9, 2009, in Los Angeles.   (AP Photo/Katy Winn)
Robin Williams, at left, and his daughter, Zelda Williams, arrive at the premiere of Happy Feet Two at Grauman's Chinese Theater, Sunday, Nov. 13, 2011, in Los Angeles.
Robin Williams, at left, and his daughter, Zelda Williams, arrive at the premiere of "Happy Feet Two" at Grauman's Chinese Theater, Sunday, Nov. 13, 2011, in Los Angeles.   (AP Photo/Katy Winn)
This Nov. 13, 2011, file photo shows actor Robin Williams, left, and his daughter, Zelda, at the premiere of Happy Feet Two in Los Angeles.
This Nov. 13, 2011, file photo shows actor Robin Williams, left, and his daughter, Zelda, at the premiere of "Happy Feet Two" in Los Angeles.   (AP Photo/Katy Winn, File)
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Robin Williams in a touching 'Legend of Zelda' ad.   (YouTube)

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