It’s been a year since Robin Williams took his own life and his daughter, Zelda Williams, has spent that time sharing her search for answers with her social media followers, except for those few occasions when Zelda was chased into seclusion by the trolls and bullies of the internet.
“I spent this night shivering and laughing under a clear, cold sky full of stars with people I love just to witness something beautiful,” wrote the 26-year-old Williams on Saturday. Zelda shared a picture of a moon rising over a lake along with her words, according to CNN. “Avoiding fear, sadness or anger is not the same thing as being happy. I live my sadness every day, but I don’t resent it anymore.”
Zelda recognizes that she’s not alone when it comes to feeling the darkness of depression. Ms. Williams acknowledges those emotions common to all sufferers of depression, as she hopes to draw out a network of support.
“And for those suffering from depression, I know how dark and endless that tunnel can feel… But if happiness seems impossible to find, please hold on to the possibility of hope, faint though it may be. Because I promise you, there’re enough nights under the same yellow moon for all of us to share, no matter how or when you find your way there.”
On August 11, 2014, Robin Williams took his life, following years of depression and a more recent diagnosis of early Parkinson’s disease, reported Entertainment Weekly.
“He has been battling severe depression of late,” Mr. Williams’ media representative Mara Buxbaum said at the time of his passing. “This is a tragic and sudden loss.”
Almost immediately after Robin’s passing, Zelda Williams was overwhelmed by messages of hate and criticism, targeting her father’s suicide.
“For poppo. Thank you to the incomparable @dr_woo_ssc for so beautifully bringing my reminders to life. I’ll always put my hand out to shake with a smile,” Zelda posted at the time of Robin’s passing.
“As for this Instagram, I don’t know in what capacity I’ll continue using it in the future, but I’m leaving it up regardless so that fake accounts hoping to use my name or misuse my family’s photos will get no traction. To be clear, this is MY ONLY account,” Ms. Williams added to her previous Instagram post. “Publicly, I have Twitter, and this. If other people post quotes and photos claiming to be me or my family, please, do not send them personal information or click links, even for charity. They could be utilizing sympathy to scam you. For the record, no one has ever or will ever speak for me but me. Thank you.”
[Featured image: Zelda Williams courtesy of Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Amazon Studios]