Zelda Williams Pays Tribute to Her Late Father, Robin Williams, on His Birthday

Zelda Williams wanted to express how hard a day like today (July 21) is for her because this would have her father, Robin Williams’ 65th birthday. 

“Still not really sure what to do on days like today,” the actress wrote on Instagram. “I know I can’t give you a present anymore, but I guess that means I’ll just have to keep giving them in your name instead.”

Zelda wrote that she tried to help three causes this year to commemorate her father’s birthday: “rescue dogs, people suffering from disabilities, and our nation’s wounded warriors, so I donated to freedomservicedogs.org. They rescue pups from shelters and train them so that they can be paired with someone in dire need of their help and companionship. Thought you’d get a kick out of furry, four legged friends helping change the world, one warrior in need at a time.”

Williams took his life in 2014 after it was revealed he was suffering from a brain disease called Diffuse Lewy Body Dementia (or Dementia with Lewy bodies).

As for what she is doing now, Zelda is starring in the TV horror drama Dead of Summer, which premiered on Freeform in late June, playing as a transgender man. “It’s interesting,” she told EW. “[My dad] missed out on me being proud of myself by about a year and a half, and that’s the one thing that’s really sad for me, because I know he was always proud of me. I think he would’ve loved that I was happy.”