We, along with the rest of the world, were heartbroken to learn of the passing of comedic genius Robin Williams on August 11. The Oscar-winning actor was found dead in his California home, the victim of an apparent suicide. Williams leaves behind three children, 22-year-old Cody, 25-year-old Zelda and 31-year-old Zachary. The day after her father’s death, Zelda wrote about the last time that they saw him.
“My last day with him was his birthday and I will forever be grateful that my brothers and I got to spend that time alone with him, sharing gifts and laughter,” Williams wrote in a blog post on the social media site Tumblr. “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.”
By all accounts, Williams loved his children deeply, and although his death leaves them with the immense burden of unimaginable heartbreak, he did take steps to ensure that they would be financially cared for. According to Forbes magazine, Williams had established at least two trusts, one of which names his three children as beneficiaries, with each child to receive three equal distributions to be paid out upon their 21st, 25th and 30th birthdays.
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