The son of late Oscar-winning actor and comedian Robin Williams, Zak Williams, has opened up about trying to adjust to life without his beloved dad.
Zak said his family is trying to heal from the huge loss, but admits healing is a long-term process.
Zak told People magazine, “It’s tremendously sad … we’re trying to stay strong.”
Robin’s son said, “The key thing that I want [people] to know is that we’re doing okay. We’re experiencing the new normal now. We’ve got a great group of people helping us through it.”
Zak spoke recently at the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation.
Williams discussed his father’s friendship with Christopher Reeve, which dated back to their days as roommates at Julliard. Zak said their relationship grew even deeper after the 1995 horseback riding accident that left Reeve a quadriplegic.
“It was then that Chris and Dad became family, brothers from another mother,” Zak told the crowd.
“The amazing thing about their relationship was their incredible drive to take the time to love, to help and to appreciate others even while they found themselves in great pain,” Williams said.
He adds, “They always found time to give their all to those in need. I miss them dearly. But know that they are here within all of our hearts.”
Zak Williams also told the crowd, “In the spirit of honoring them, I need to ask of you two things. One: Tell the people you love that you love them at any and every opportunity. If they are in physical pain, tell them that there is hope. If they are in mental anguish, tell them there is hope. There is always hope.
“Two: Be a superhero. I challenge you to do good,” he said. “Time is precious and bringing light and healing where there is darkness, pain or suffering is absolutely vital.”
Zak’s sister, Zelda Williams, recently paid tribute to her late father with a tattoo with her father’s birth date and a beautiful hummingbird tattoo on her right hand.
“For poppo,” she wrote with a photo. “Thank you to the incomparable @dr_woo_ssc for so beautifully bringing my reminders to life. I’ll always put my hand out to shake with a smile.”
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