Zelda Williams has quit social media after abuse and a fake death photo purporting to her father was circulated on Twitter Tuesday night.
Zelda Williams, daughter of the late Robin Williams has quit both her Twitter and Instagram accounts after criticism and abuse, amid the circulation of a fake death photo purporting to be her father hit Twitter Tuesday night.
According to TMZ, who tracked the trail to its source, the picture was taken from a Spanish language website focused on strangulation. The outlet reports the image doing the rounds on Twitter resembled Robin but was not him, and was first posted several years ago.
Understandably, Zelda, 25, was distressed by the picture, which Us Weekly reported was horrifically Photoshopped then sent to her.
In response, the Nine Months actress tweeted:”I’m shaking. I can’t. Please. Twitter requires a link and I won’t open it. Don’t either. Please.”
She then deleted that anguished-sounding tweet, apologized, and wrote:
(Photo: @ZeldaWilliams via Twitter.)
The magazine also reported that earlier Tuesday, Williams spent her time fending off Twitter bullies. After initially asking users to report the anonymous trolls sending abuse — and later, the Photoshopped fake death images — Zelda later deleted her request before giving up her Twitter account altogether.
Over on her Instagram account, things weren’t much better.
The New York Daily News reports Zelda was criticised by some users on the photo-sharing site for not posting enough photos of her father, who committed suicide on Monday.
Other anonymous users reportedly slammed Robin and his career, and thoughtfully left such messages at his only daughter’s page.
As a result, she also quit Instagram after describing those posts as “cruel and unnecessary.”
In a lengthy sign-off, Zelda wrote: “I will be leaving this account for a while [while] I heal and decide if I’ll be deleting it or not.”
Adding:”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… the real private moments I shared with him were precious, quiet, and believe it or not, not full of photos or ‘selfies.’”
Of her late father, Zelda continued:
“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. Xo,” she concluded.
According to the Marin County Deputy Coroner, Robin Williams was discovered dead from asphyxiation by hanging with a belt at his San Francisco home on Monday morning by his personal assistant.
It was noted the beloved comic and actor had “acute self-inflicted cuts” to his wrist. Williams did not leave a note.
The 63-year-old spent much of his life struggling with cocaine and alcohol abuse, and manic depression caused by bipolar disorder. Robin was also reportedly worried about money after his two divorces.
On Monday, Zelda tweeted a poignant quote from “The Little Prince,” that spoke of someone who passed and was now living in a star that could make the other stars smile when a loved up looked up at night. She also added a brief note.
On Tuesday, official statements followed from Zelda, her producer mother, Marcia Garces Williams, and brothers Cody and Zachary. Robin’s third wife, Susan Schneider, issued one the day before.
It’s to be hoped Zelda finds peace and a kind of closure away from social media which — as usual — demonstrated in the flood of tributes to Robin Williams how stunning these mediums can be, and in their converse — how depraved.