Robin Williams' Daughter Zelda Deletes Twitter Account Due to Trolls, Abandons Instagram "While I Heal"
Robin Williams' grieving daughter Zelda Williams has quit social media after internet trolls and insensitive posters added to her despair.
While countless fans took to the internet to express their love and respect for the late actor and comedian who was found dead in his Californian home on Monday, Aug. 11, some unpleasant online characters took the opportunity to post horrific comments and pictures on daughter Zelda's Twitter page.
Initially requesting her supporters to report the trolls, who posted what appeared to be photoshopped images of her dad onto her account, Zelda, 25, later removed her tweet and instead decided it was better for her to delete her social media accounts entirely.
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"I'm sorry. I should've risen above," she posted on Twitter, referring to the messages that had upset her in the hours following the devastating news of her dad's death. "Deleting this from my devices for a good long time, maybe forever. Time will tell. Goodbye."
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The mourning actress also took a step away from Instagram, begging social media users to be respectful of her and her family in this difficult time.
"I will be leaving this account for a bit while I heal and decide if I'll be deleting it or not," she wrote. "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. Xo."
Earlier on Tuesday, Aug. 12, Williams' children Zelda, Zak, 31, and Cody, 22, all paid tribute to their father they were devastated to have lost.
During her tribute to her father, Zelda referred to the hurtful messages with stereotypical Williams wit. "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," she wrote. "Right after you’ve had it washed. After all, he loved to laugh too." Read Zelda's other statement here.