Robin Williams' Daughter Quits Social Media Because People Are Jerks

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Just because Robin Williams was famous doesn't make it okay for anyone to treat his death with so little respect -- regardless of what that person may think of suicide. The actor's 25-year-old daughter, Zelda Williams, may have found some initial comfort in the many sweet and compassionate messages she received on her Twitter and Instagram accounts after her father committed suicide Monday. Sadly, the few Internet trolls who make it a priority to hurt others with their nasty comments were enough to inspire her to quit using her social media accounts -- at least until she heals.

Some seriously mean-spirited folks decided to Photoshop images of Robin and post them on her Twitter feed. After asking her supporters to report the trolls, she later had a change of heart and decided to bow out completely from Twitter:

"I'm sorry. I should've risen above," Williams posted on Twitter. "Deleting this from my devices for a good long time, maybe forever. Time will tell. Goodbye."

Zelda faced the same problem with jerks trolling her Instagram and letting her know they didn't think she was mourning properly and should have posted additional photos of her dad -- as if anyone else has the right to tell her what will make her feel better about losing one of the most important people in her life.

To her credit, Zelda responded with class by posting the following message:

I will be leaving this account for a bit while I heal and decide if I'll be deleting it or not. 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.

This young woman deserves nothing but kindness at this difficult time. And, for the most part, the comments and statements about Robin that are passing through the universe are positive. One of Zelda's biggest supporters has actually proven to be Frances Bean Cobain, who lost her father, Kurt Cobain, to suicide when she was a baby. Frances sent Zelda the sweet tweet: "You have such an incredibly beautiful soul. I love you but you already knew that. Wherever, whenever u need me I'll be there"

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Whether you were a fan of Robin or not, he was a person who had a family who loved him. They deserve to be treated with respect.

What do you think about Zelda's decision to stay away from Twitter and Instagram at this time?


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Torra... TorranceMom

These are some of the sickest Tweets I've read about him so far . . .

Gabey... Gabeys_Mommy

People are being such assholes about this. Have some decency and respect for an incredible man, his memory, and his family. Its truly sickening how people are preying on this.

DeDre... DeDregney

Seriously?  Even if you can't understand suicide, even if you didn't like him keep your opinions to yourself.  WHY would anyone think it was appropriate to say these things to his grieving family?  

ladem... lademambro

I hate that people feel they have the right to disrespect someone who is going through any tragedy. I really believe that they do this to be the center of attention. I loved Robin Williams and I am thankful for all the laughs he provided me with. He was an amazing man who dealt with the demons of depression the only way he knew how to, he wasn't a coward and he wasn't being selfish. I will keep him and his family in my prayers.

Stacey Sender

Some people are disgusting and should be removed from life if they can be that cruel and insensitive to this poor girl after losing her father in such a horrible way. Some people are SO ignorant it makes me sick! Robin was a great man who touched millions of lives and I hope he now knows just how truly loved he was by so many people. It really upsets me just how mean some people can be, it's so wrong.

nonmember avatar Kitty

I am hurting for this beautiful girl. My age and has to know what its like to lose a father.

Twitter is ruining this generation. Everyone is so obsessed with either how they look online, or making rude comments to people they don't know. I wish social media would just go away already. Facebook and Twitter make young people depressed. (Not saying there's any link to Williams' death, its a separate point.)

RIP Robin, and stay strong Zelda and family.

Gamer... Gamer_mom1

There are a lot of people who take pleasure in someone else's misery. They justify it by making it the other persons responsibility not to be a target

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