Robin Williams' daughter Zelda leaving social media after harassment over father's death

Robin Williams' daughter says she is taking a break from social media after being sent harassing messages in the wake of her father's death.

Zelda Williams, 25, posted a message on Instagram saying she was taking time away from the account and chastised those who were "mining our accounts for photos of dad" and "judging me on the number of them."

"I will be leaving this account for a [bit] while I heal and decide if I'll be deleting it or not," she wrote. "In this difficult time, please try to be respectful of the accounts of myself, my family and my friends. Mining our accounts for photos of dad, or judging me on the number of them is cruel and unnecessary. There are a couple throughout, but the real private moments I shared with him were precious, quiet, and believe it or not, not full of photos or 'selfies'. I shared him with a world where everyone was taking their photo with him, but I was lucky enough to spend time with him without cameras too."

"That was more than enough, and I'm grateful for what little time I had. My favorite photos of family are framed in my house, not posted on social media, and they 'll remain there," she added. "They would've wound up on the news or blogs then, and they certainly would now. That's not what I want for our memories together. Thank you for your respect and understanding in this difficult time. Goodbye. Xo."

On Twitter, Zelda asked her followers to report users who reportedly sent her upsetting Photoshopped images of her late father. She later took down that message and wrote, "I'm sorry. I should've risen above. Deleting this from my devices for a good long time, maybe forever. Time will tell. Goodbye."

On Tuesday, Zelda and her two brothers released statements paying tribute to their father. There, she also addressed those who were sending hurtful messages, saying, " 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."

  • Jessica Derschowitz

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