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Zelda Williams shares 'pain' ahead of Robin Williams' birthday

By Annie Martin
Zelda Williams shares 'pain' ahead of Robin Williams' birthday
Zelda Williams (L), pictured with Robin Williams, explained her plan to celebrate the late actor's birthday in peace. File Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI | License Photo

July 20 (UPI) -- Zelda Williams is sharing her "pain" with fans ahead of late dad Robin Williams' birthday.

The 28-year-old actress explained her plan to retreat and celebrate the actor's birthday in peace in an Instagram post Thursday. Williams would have been 67 years old Saturday.

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"It's that time of year again. Everyone who has dealt with loss knows the pain of certain anniversaries, moments full of memory that come round like clockwork and usurp all others, no matter how hard you may try to prepare for them," Zelda wrote.

"These weeks are the hardest for me, and thus, you'll see me a lot less, if at all," she said. "So while I've got the strength, consider this my one open armed response, before I go take my yearly me time to celebrate his and my birthdays in peace."

Zelda turns 29 on July 31. She expressed her gratitude to her followers, but said fan outreach and expectations can become overwhelming.

"For all the internet's good intentions in expressing to me their fondness for dad, it's very overwhelming to have strangers need me to know how much they care for him right now. It's harder still to be expected to reach back," the star said.

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"Thank you for loving him. Thank you for supporting him and his life's work. Thank you for missing him. I do too," she told her followers.

Zelda suggested fans honor Williams by volunteering or donating to charity. She concluded by wishing the late actor a happy early birthday.

"Happy early birthday, poppo. Miss you every day, but especially these ones," the actress said.

It’s that time of year again. Everyone who has dealt with loss knows the pain of certain anniversaries, moments full of memory that come round like clockwork and usurp all others, no matter how hard you may try to prepare for or avoid them. These weeks are the hardest for me, and thus, you’ll see me a lot less, if at all. For all the internet’s good intentions in expressing to me their fondness for dad, it’s very overwhelming to have strangers need me to know how much they cared for him right now. It’s harder still to be expected to reach back. So while I’ve got the strength, consider this my one open armed response, before I go take my yearly me time to celebrate his and my birthdays in peace. Thank you for loving him. Thank you for supporting him and his life’s work. Thank you for missing him. I do too. If you’d like to do something in his honor, volunteer at your local homeless shelter, or look up how to make homeless aid backpacks. Give one in his name. He’d have loved that. Otherwise some great orgs he loved include @cafoundation, @dswt and @reevefoundation. Mostly, try to spread some laughter and kindness around. And creatively swear a lot. Everytime you do, somewhere out there in our vast weird universe, he’s giggling with you... or giving a particularly fat bumblebee its wings. Happy early birthday, Poppo. Miss you every day, but especially these ones. ♥️

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Williams died by suicide at age 63 in August 2014. Williams' widow, Susan Schneider Williams, attributed the actor's suicide to his Lewy body disease, a form of dementia, in an essay in 2016.

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