Robin Williams’ Daughter Quits Social Media After Bullying

(NEW YORK) — Robin Williams’ daughter is taking a break from social media in the wake of her father’s death. Actress Zelda Williams, 25, says she’s stepping away after being subjected to what she calls “cruel and unnecessary” comments.

The longest message is on Williams’ Instagram account. Accompanied by a photo of a black and yellow Butterfly, Zelda writes, “I will be leaving this account for a bit while I heal and decide if I’ll be deleting it or not.”

Zelda goes on to explain, “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.”

She concludes, “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.”

On Twitter, where of course individual messages are limited to 140 characters, Zelda 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.”

Zelda Williams is the daughter of Williams and his second wife, Marsha Garces. Robin Williams died Monday of apparent suicide at the age of 63.

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