We cannot begin to imagine losing a parent — and dealing with it while the world watches.
So we feel nothing but empathy for Robin Williams' daughter, Zelda. She has been the target of trolls on social media, who have been sending hateful messages and altered photos of her father, supposedly showing him after he died.
Here is what she wrote on Instagram:
"I will be leaving this account for a but while I heal and decide if I'll be deleting it or not. 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. 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"
She's taking time away from all social media to heal.
This, after she posted two heartfelt tweets thanking people for their contributions to her dad's favorite charity:
For those unaware, Williams was heralded as much for his good deeds (most unpublicized) as for his brilliant comedy.