Robin Williams’ Final Instagram Post Was Tribute to His Daughter; Late Actor’s Preliminary Cause of Death Revealed: Top 5 Tuesday Stories

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Robin Williams' last Instagram post was to his daughter and more top stories from August 12 Robin Marchant/Getty Images

Before taking his own life on Monday, Aug. 11, Robin Williams posted a throwback tribute to his daughter Zelda to wish her a "Happy Birthday" in one of his final Instagram posts. On Tuesday, Aug. 12, the late actor's preliminary cause of death was released. Check out the rest of Us Weekly's top stories from Aug. 12 surrounding the Oscar-winner in the round-up below. 


Robin Williams died at the age of 63 on Monday, Aug. 11 and his final Instagram post was to his 25-year-old daughter, Zelda. "#tbt and Happy Birthday to Ms. Zelda Rae Williams!" Williams captioned an adorable black and white image. "Quarter of a century old today but always my baby girl. Happy Birthday @zeldawilliams Love you!"

In a press conference on Tuesday, Aug. 12, Lt. Keith Boyd told reporters that, while the investigation is ongoing, the Oscar-winning actor's preliminary cause of death has been determined to be "asphyxia due to hanging." 

Ben Affleck paid tribute to Williams, who costarred along him and Matt Damon in Good Will Hunting. "Robin had a ton of love in him," Affleck wrote on his Facebook page. "He personally did so much for so many people. He made Matt and my dreams come true. What do you owe a guy who does that? Everything."

Sarah Michelle Gellar released an emotional statement following Williams' death. The Crazy Ones actress, who costarred with Williams' in the CBS sitcom, called the late actor "the Father I had always dreamed of having." 


Norm Macdonald shared a heartbreaking story about Williams on his Twitter following the actor's sudden death. Macdonald told the story of when he first met the comedian backstage in a series of heartwarming tweets.

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