The death of beloved actor and comedian Robin Williams on August 11, 2014 shocked the world when the seemingly happy man known for his comedic roles committed suicide inside his home, and six months later his family is still trying to cope.
After sharing emotional tributes on social media and getting a tattoo dedicated to her father, Zelda Williams, 25, spoke out for the first time publicly about her father on the Today show on Thursday February 26.
Williams sat down with correspondent Kate Snow for an interview ahead of a ceremony in which she is carrying on her father’s work and legacy by presenting a “Noble Award” in honor of her father’s humanitarian work with the Challenged Athletes Foundation.
“It’s going to take a lot of work to allow myself to have the sort of fun, happy life that I had,” she admitted of carrying on with life after his tragic death. “But that’s important. Anybody who has ever lost anyone works very hard to continue that memory in a positive way.”
She went on to say that what is important is to keep moving forward, “There’s no point questioning it and no point blaming anyone else for it, and there’s no point blaming yourself or the world or whatever the case may be because it happened and you have to continue to move and you have to continue to live and manage.”
“The world keeps spinning, but that doesn’t mean he was never on it,” she added.
As well as continuing Robin Williams’ legacy through his charity work, Zelda is strongly advocating mental health awareness and is encouraged by the changes so far, “I think one of the things that is changing, that is wonderful, is that people are finally starting to approach talking about illnesses that people can’t really see. Nothing happens immediately, but we’re on our way.”
After the interview Zelda posted a thank you on her Instagram page and reflected on her father’s charity work, “I will do everything else in my (decidedly less atheletic) power to continue Dad’s legacy and support the charities he loved that I’ve watched first hand change thousands of lives,” she wrote in part.
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See part of Zelda’s interview below.