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Robin Williams' daughter Zelda Williams leaves social media thanks to evil trolls



People are terrible. Case in point: the Twitter users who sent Zelda Williams, daughter of Robin Williams, photos that they claimed showed her father’s dead body.

While the people of the Internet turned out in force to write messages of support after the Good Will Hunting actor died of an apparent suicide on August 11, a few ugly characters decided it would be amusing to bully a young woman grieving the sudden and tragic loss of her father, a man beloved by strangers young and old, far and wide.

Zelda, who celebrated her 25th birthday with her father only one week before his death, has abandoned her Twitter and Instagram accounts after trolls took to her social media pages to criticize Robin and his career and to slam her for not posting enough photos of her dad.

But it gets worse. According to the BBC, at least two people sent Zelda photoshopped images of what they said was her father’s lifeless body. Initially, Zelda asked her Twitter followers to report the users who sent her the photos, but she erased that tweet and replaced it with this one:

“I’m sorry. I should’ve risen above. Deleting this from my devices for a good long time, maybe forever. Time will tell. Goodbye.”

Zelda later explained on Instagram that her favorite family photos are framed in her home, where they will remain, and that she is leaving social media for a while as she decides whether to delete her accounts for good.

Such a shame, considering she posted one of the most beautiful tributes to her late father just a day before. So let’s end this terrible item with that lovely tribute, shall we?

“You - you alone will have the stars as no one else has them,” Zelda posted, quoting The Little Prince by Antonie De Saint-Exupery. “In one of the stars I shall be living.  In one of them I shall be laughing. And so it will be as if all the stars were laughing, when you look at the sky at night... You - only you - will have stars that can laugh.” She ended the tweet with a personal note: “I love you. I miss you. I’ll try to keep looking up. Z”

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[Last modified: Wednesday, August 13, 2014 9:23pm]


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