Zelda Williams, the daughter of deceased comedian and actor Robin Williams, is speaking out about the hurtful messages that were sent her way via Twitter in the days following her father’s suicide. Williams was found dead in his California home on Monday. The 63-year-old iconic entertainer was found hanging with a belt around his neck.
MSN Entertainment on Aug. 13 reported that Williams’ 25-year-old daughter Zelda "issued a tribute to her father on social media following the news and received an outpouring of love and support, but she has now decided to step away from her accounts to grieve in peace after receiving upsetting messages about Williams' death."
The grieving Zelda was the victim of two tactless and cruel Twitter users, using the handles @PimpStory and @MrGoosebuster. The accounts of both Internet trolls have since been deleted. The individuals allegedly tweeted Zelda photoshopped pics of Robin, prompting Zelda to tweet out:
Please report @PimpStory @MrGoosebuster. I'm shaking. I can't. Please. Twitter requires a link and I won't open it. Don't either. Please.
Later she tweeted:
I’m sorry. I should've risen above. Deleting this from my devices for a good long time, maybe forever. Time will tell. Goodbye.
The pictures were allegedly of Robin’s dead body. The faces had been changed on the corpses to Robin’s face.
Zelda, who also suspended her Instagram account, posted to the picture sharing site:
I will be leaving this account for a bit while I heal and decide if I'll be deleting it or not. In this difficult time, please try to be respectful of the accounts of myself, my family and my friends. Mining our accounts for photos of dad, or judging me on the number of them is cruel and unnecessary. There are a couple throughout, but the real private moments I shared with him were precious, quiet, and believe it or not, not full of photos or 'selfies.'
I shared him with a world where everyone was taking their photo with him, but I was lucky enough to spend time with him without cameras too. That was more than enough, and I'm grateful for what little time I had. My favorite photos of family are framed in my house, not posted on social media, and they'll remain there. They would've wound up on the news or blogs then, and they certainly would now. That's not what I want for our memories together. Thank you for your respect and understanding in this difficult time. Goodbye.
Well-wishers rallied to Zelda’s defense, and many thoughtful words poured in. Zelda had earlier posted a moving tribute to her father. And Williams other children: Zak, Zelda and Cody Williams, as well as Robin's former wife Marsha Garces Williams, all shared personal statements about Robin.