Robin Williams' daughter Zelda pens heartfelt open letter about her father's death

The 26-year-old has written about her grief and loss after her father's death in August of last year

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Robin Williams’ daughter has written a heartfelt open letter about coming to terms with her grief, a year after his death

Zelda, 26, paid tribute to the actor who took his own life in August of last year. In an Instagram post she wrote: “I came to a realisation this year that I feel compelled to share here, for whomsoever may need it.

"Avoiding fear, sadness and anger is not the same thing as being happy. I live my sadness everyday but I don’t resent it anymore.

“I do it now so that the wonderful moments of joy I do find are not in order to forget but to inhabit and enjoy for their own sake. It’s not easy.

“In fact, I’d say it takes much more effort to consciously do than it does to just stay sad, but with all my heart, I cannot tell you how worth it it is.”

She concluded with a message of hope for fans struggling with depression: “And for those suffering from depression, I know how dark and endless that tunnel can feel, but if happiness seems impossible to find, please hold on to the possibility of hope, faint though it may be.

“Because I promise you, there’re enough nights under the same yellow moon for all of us to share, no matter how or when you find your way there.”

Her father was 63 years old when he died. The comedian and actor starred in classic films such as Mrs. Doubtfire, Good Morning Vietnam and Disney’s Aladdin.

Since his death, Zelda has pledged to continue his charitable work through the Challenged Athletes Foundation.

Anyone in need of confidential support can contact the Samaritans in the UK 24 hours a day on 08457 90 90 90.

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