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Robin Williams death: Relatives pay tribute

A woman places flowers and a card outside the home of actor Robin Williams in Tiburon, California 12 August 2014
A woman places flowers outside the California home of Robin Williams

Relatives of Robin Williams have offered their own tributes to the actor, who took his own life on Monday.


His son Zak Williams:

"Yesterday, I lost my father and a best friend and the world got a little greyer.

I will carry his heart with me every day. I would ask those that loved him to remember him by being as gentle, kind, and generous as he would be.

Seek to bring joy to the world as he sought."


His daughter Zelda Williams:

Actors Robin Williams and his daughter Zelda Williams pose for photographers during the premiere of their film "House of D" in New York, in this file picture 10 April 2005

"My family has always been private about our time spent together. It was our way of keeping one thing that was ours, with a man we shared with an entire world. But now that's gone, and I feel stripped bare.

My last day with him was his birthday, and I will be forever grateful that my brothers and I got to spend that time alone with him, sharing gifts and laughter.

He was always warm, even in his darkest moments. While I'll never, ever understand how he could be loved so deeply and not find it in his heart to stay, there's minor comfort in knowing our grief and loss, in some small way, is shared with millions.

It doesn't help the pain, but at least it's a burden countless others now know we carry, and so many have offered to help lighten the load. Thank you for that.

To those he touched who are sending kind words, know that one of his favourite things in the world was to make you all laugh.

As for those who are sending negativity, know that some small, giggling part of him is sending a flock of pigeons to your house to poop on your car. Right after you've had it washed. After all, he loved to laugh too…

Dad was, is and always will be one of the kindest, most generous, gentlest souls I've ever known, and while there are few things I know for certain right now, one of them is that not just my world, but the entire world is forever a little darker, less colourful and less full of laughter in his absence.

We'll just have to work twice as hard to fill it back up again."


His son Cody Williams

A file picture taken on December 22, 1998 shows Academy Award-winning actor Robin Williams (L) with family members Cody (C), Zelda (R) and former wife Marsha (back R) during Williams" hand and footprint ceremony outside the world famous Mann"s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California.

"There are no words strong enough to describe the love and respect I have for my father.

The world will never be the same without him.

I will miss him and take him with me everywhere I go for the rest of my life, and will look forward, forever, to the moment when I get to see him again."


His former wife, Marsha Garces Williams

US actor Robin Williams (L) and wife Marsha Garces Williams arriving for the premiere of Universal Pictures "Man of the Year" at Grauman"s Chinese Theatre in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles, California 4 October 2014

"My heart is split wide open and scattered over the planet with all of you.

Please remember the gentle, loving, generous - and yes, brilliant and funny - man that was Robin Williams.

My arms are wrapped around our children as we attempt to grapple with celebrating the man we love, while dealing with this immeasurable loss."


And earlier from his wife Susan Schneider:

Susan Schneider and comedian Robin Williams attend The Comedy Awards 2012 at Hammerstein Ballroom on April 28, 2012 in New York City.

"This morning, I lost my husband and my best friend, while the world lost one of its most beloved artists and beautiful human beings. I am utterly heartbroken.

On behalf of Robin's family, we are asking for privacy during our time of profound grief.

As he is remembered, it is our hope the focus will not be on Robin's death, but on the countless moments of joy and laughter he gave to millions."