Robin Williams’s son, Zak Williams, has shared a heartfelt tribute to his father on the ninth anniversary of his death. The beloved actor, known for his roles in movies like “Mrs Doubtfire” and “Jumanji,” passed away on August 11, 2014, at the age of 63. In a photo shared by Zak, Williams can be seen wearing oversized shorts and a t-shirt while playing tennis. Zak lovingly addressed his father’s fashion choices, saying, “Dad, on the 9th anniversary of your passing, I’m remembering you for your most excellent fashion choices.” He added, “These days are always hard and I love remembering you for being so very, very YOU. Love you so much!”
In a previous interview on Oprah Winfrey’s show “The Me You Can’t See,” Zak opened up about his father’s death and the impact it had on his life. He revealed that his father’s death left his life “unmanageable.” It was later discovered that Robin was suffering from Lewy body dementia, an incurable brain disease, which was only revealed during his autopsy. Zak shared that his father felt frustrated as his ability to do the things he loved, such as entertaining and performing, started slipping away. “What I saw with my dad was an enormous amount of frustration. He was slowly drifting,” said Zak.
Since overcoming his own struggles with addiction to drugs and alcohol, Zak has become an advocate for mental health. He was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder and now works with a group called Inseparable, which raises awareness for affordable mental health care.
Mental health is an important issue, and there are helplines available for those in need. In the UK, Samaritans helpline can be reached by calling 116 123 or emailing [email protected]. In the US, Mental Health America provides a 24-hour hotline at 1-800-23-TALK (8255).
On the ninth anniversary of his father’s passing, Zak’s tribute serves as a reminder of the love and admiration he still holds for Robin Williams. Through sharing his father’s struggles and advocating for mental health, Zak honors his father’s memory and continues to make a positive impact in the world.