The day after Robin Williams died by suicide on August 11, his daughter Zelda posted a moving tribute to her late father on Tumblr: “To those he touched who are sending kind words, know that one of his favorite things in the world was to make you all laugh,” she wrote. And if making them laugh made them feel less alone, all the better.
Zelda went on the Today show Thursday to talk about her dad, and how his legacy could potentially open up more conversations about mental health. “He didn’t like people feeling like the things that were hard for them they should go through alone,” she said. “And that’s the big legacy for him, and for me, and for my brothers, is that he somehow had an enormous number of people in this world who felt that he made them feel a little less alone.”
Although she said “it’s going to take a lot of work to allow [herself] to have the sort of fun, happy life” that she had before Robin’s death, Zelda stressed the importance of going on. “There’s no point blaming yourself or the world, or whatever the case might be,” she said. “Because it happened. So you have to continue to move. And you have to continue to live and manage.”
And she is continuing to move: On Friday, she’ll present an award honoring her dad’s work with the Challenged Athletes Foundation at the annual Noble Awards. “He’s done charity for as long as he had the wherewithal and the ability do it,” she said. “That was what his favorite thing, other than comedy, really was.”
Zelda ended the interview by reminding fans that even though her father’s no longer here, memories from his movies and shows will live on. “They’re not going anywhere,” she said. “The world, as I said, keeps spinning, but that doesn’t mean he was never on it.”
Watch the two interview clips below.