Robin Williams’ Son Zak Williams on How His Family Is Coping: “We’re Acclimating to the New Normal”

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Robin Williams' son Zak Williams, 31, attended a fundraising gala for the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, and opened up a little about how his family is coping since his dad's death Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images

Robin Williams' family is determined to persevere after his death. On Thursday, Nov. 20, the late comedian's son Zak Williams spoke in public for the first time since his father's passing on Aug. 11, telling Us Weekly at the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation fundraising gala that he's slowly adjusting to life without their dad.

"We're doing okay," Zak, 31, told Us, speaking on behalf of his family, which includes half-siblings Zelda, 25, and Cody, 22. (Zak's mom is Williams' first wife, Valerie Velardi; Zelda and Cody are his kids with second wife Marsha Garces.) "We're acclimating to the new normal. Everything is step by step. Personally, my wife and I are focusing on doing a lot of good. She runs the San Francisco office of Human Rights Watch, and we're working with them to do good in the world."

That's something that was very important to his father. Inside the event, Zak spoke about Williams' friendship with the late Christopher Reeve, and how both men were dedicated to helping those in need. 

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"They had a tremendous love for one another," Zak began, referring to Williams and Reeve. "The amazing thing about their relationship was their incredible drive to take the time to love, to help, and to appreciate others, even while they found themselves in great pain." 

He continued: "They always found time to give their all to those in need. Bringing light and healing where there's darkness, pain, or suffering is absolutely vital." 

That's a lesson Zak wants to pass on to his own kids. "Dad had almost a childlike love, and he shared that love with people, with everyone," he told Us. "And that ability to love, and that ability to be generous and giving and kind is something we would want to share with future generations."

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