Robin Williams' Son Breaks Silence On His Father's Suicide

After Robin Williams committed suicide, a lot of us fell in love with his 25-year-old daughter, Zelda Williams, whose honesty about her father's frail mental condition paved the way to creating more awareness for mental illness. Zelda also didn't hold back when she, in the classiest way possible, announced that she had to quit social media -- probably for the sake of her own mental health -- because of so many rude Internet trolls who felt it necessary to criticize her when she was in such a vulnerable state. With Zelda in the spotlight, a lot of us forgot that Robin also has a 31-year-old son named Zak -- who recently broke his silence and shared his feelings about losing his talented and beloved father.

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While speaking at the Christopher & Dana Reeves Foundation fundraising event, Zak admitted that it is taking time for his family to heal after Williams died in August by taking his own life. Here's what Zak had to say:

"We're doing okay. 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."

Zak hit the nail on the head. Whenever we lose someone we love or go through a major change in life, it takes a good deal of time to let ourselves mourn and fully embrace the "new normal." I love how Zak is using this time to give back to others in need and, to the best of his ability, turn a sad and negative time into a positive one.

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I don't know how you feel, but whenever I read something about one of Robin's kids, I think: god, he would be proud of them. They sound like wonderful, honest, kind and emotionally-stable human beings who were brought up in as normal an atmosphere as possible, especially considering what their dad did for a living.

Wishing Williams' entire family the best as they continue to heal from his death.

What do you think of Zak's speech?

 

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