In statements issued on Tuesday, Robin Williams’ three children finally spoke of the indescribable pain over his death and their struggle to accept the “immeasurable loss” of their father and best friend.
But Williams’ kids–Zak, 31; Zelda, 25; and Cody, 22–will remember their father as a “gentle, kind, and generous” man, People reported.
“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,” said Zak, Williams’ son to his first wife Valerie Velardi. “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.”
Zelda also issued a moving message to her dad and swipe against critics and bashers, especially on social media.
“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,” she said. “But now that’s gone, and I feel stripped bare.”
“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,” she said.
“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.”
“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,” she added. “We’ll just have to work twice as hard to fill it back up again.”
The 63-year old actor, known for his roles in the Goodwill Hunting, Mrs. Doubtfire, among many others, was found dead in his home in Tiburon, California.
Officials said he committed suicide by hanging himself and a pocket knife were close to the actor’s body, showing artificial wounds, The Independent reported.