Robin Williams’ son Zak has praised his late father for being an “inspiration” to others on the seventh anniversary of his death.
The Hollywood legend tragically took his own life after being diagnosed with dementia with Lewy bodies in 2014, aged 63, and on Wednesday (11.08.21) his eldest son Zak honored his life and celebrated his memory seven years after his passing.
Robin Williams’ son pays tribute to his late father on the seventh anniversary of his death
In a post on Twitter, he wrote: “Dad, you passed away seven years ago today. The joy and inspiration you brought to the world continues in your legacy and in your family, friends and fans you loved so much. You lived to make others laugh and help others. I will celebrate your memory today. I love you forever.”
The sweet post comes less than a month after Zak also posted a touching tribute to his father on what would have been his 70th birthday on July 21.
Alongside a black-and-white photo of the ‘Jumanji’ actor, who is also survived by Zelda, 31, and Cody, 29, whom he had with his second wife Marsha, Zak wrote on Instagram, “Dad, on what would have been your 70th birthday. I’d like you to know that your amazing spirit lives on inside of us.
“Our family will celebrate you and your memory today. we miss you and love you always!”
Meanwhile, Zak, whose mother is Robin’s first wife Valerie Velardi, has previously been open about his own struggles with mental health following his father’s death.
He said, “I was drinking a lot to control my mental health, which created very damaging problems. For me personally, I was having health problems.
“I was experiencing some psychosis and when I spoke to a psychiatrist I was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder.”
The 38-year-old actor also suffered from dissociation, which includes symptoms such as not feeling connected to his own body, and he sought help immediately and continues to benefit from mental health services and therapies.