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Robin Williams: Zelda, Zack and Cody Williams speak about their dad’s suicide

Robin Williams' daughter Zelda Williams, like her two brothers, have spoken out about their dad's tragic death. Zelda Williams, Robin Williams' 25-year-old daughter, wrote on Twitter the following words: “You – you alone will have the stars as no one else has them. In one of the stars I shall be living. In one of them I shall be laughing. And so it will be as if all the stars were laughing, when you look at the sky at night. You – only you – will have stars that can laugh.” And on Aug. 11, Zelda Williams wrote on her Twitter page, “I love you. I miss you. I'll try to keep looking up."

Robin Williams: Zack, Zelda and Cody Williams speak about their dad’s suicide
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For those unfamiliar with Zelda Williams’ quote of the 1943 children’s literature classic The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery, the little prince is a fictional character who has fallen to Earth from a tiny asteroid and who keeps company to a pilot stranded in the Sahara desert after his plane crashed. Throughout the novel, the reader is aware that despite the little prince’s laughter, he is bearing a sadness in him and that he will leave the pilot in order to return to his little tiny asteroid which he calls home.

The narrator of “The Little Prince”, who realizes that his little companion will leave him, tries to stay by his side, but the little prince tells him that all he has to do is look at the stars and that it will seem like all the stars are laughing. The prince then walks away from the narrator and allows the snake that he had been talking to to bite him, falling without making a sound.

Robin Williams’ death by asphyxiation likely occurred also without making a sound, and just like the little prince, his body was left behind because it was too heavy to take with him to the universe. Robin Williams was pronounced dead at 12:05 p.m. on Monday after his already cold body was found by his personal assistant in a bedroom of his Tiburon home. “Suicide by asphyxiation was cited by authorities as the likely cause of death; the actor, 63, hanged himself with a belt, authorities said Tuesday,” according to a Los Angeles Times report.

Zack Williams, Robin William’s 33-year-old son, also echoed in his statement on Tuesday how much his father was like the little prince: "Yesterday, I lost my father and a best friend and the world got a little grayer. I will carry his heart with me every day. I would ask those that loved him to remember him by being as gentle, kind, and generous as he would be. Seek to bring joy to the world as he sought."

Cody Williams, Robin’s youngest 22-year-old son, gave the following statement after the death of his father: “There are no words strong enough to describe the love and respect I have for my father. The world will never be the same without him. I will miss him and take him with me everywhere I go for the rest of my life, and will look forward, forever, to the moment when I get to see him again.”

While Zelda Williams looks up at the stars and hears her dad’s laughter, she remembers the time with him on Earth: “My family has always been private about our time spent together. It was our way of keeping one thing that was ours, with a man we shared with an entire world. But now that’s gone, and I feel stripped bare," she said.

"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. While I’ll never, ever understand how he could be loved so deeply and not find it in his heart to stay, there’s minor comfort in knowing our grief and loss, in some small way, is shared with millions. It doesn’t help the pain, but at least it’s a burden countless others now know we carry, and so many have offered to help lighten the load. Thank you for that,” she added.

"To those he touched who are sending kind words, know that one of his favorite things in the world was to make you all laugh. As for those who are sending negativity, know that some small, giggling part of him is sending a flock of pigeons to your house to poop on your car. Right after you’ve had it washed. After all, he loved to laugh too… “

"Dad was, is and always will be one of the kindest, most generous, gentlest souls I’ve ever known, and while there are few things I know for certain right now, one of them is that not just my world, but the entire world is forever a little darker, less colorful and less full of laughter in his absence. We’ll just have to work twice as hard to fill it back up again.”

Robin Williams’ death has shocked the world. For many, the world will never be the same again. Marsha Garces Williams, who is Zelda’s and Cody’s mother and who was married to Robin Williams for 19 years, asked in a statement to please remember Robin Williams for the man that he was: "Please remember the gentle, loving, generous — and yes, brilliant and funny — man that was Robin Williams. My arms are wrapped around our children as we attempt to grapple with celebrating the man we love, while dealing with this immeasurable loss.”

Robin Williams’ present wife, Susan Schneider, said in a statement on Monday that she was "utterly heartbroken" over the death of her husband, to whom she had been married to since 2011. “She asked for privacy and urged people to remember her spouse as he had lived, not as he died.”

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