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

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."
(More Robin Williams stories.)

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