Trolls Push Robin Williams Daughter Off Internet

Wednesday, 13 Aug 2014 03:44 PM

 

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
    A   A  
  Copy Shortlink

The daughter of Robin Williams quit social media Wednesday, upset by Internet trolls and the online pilfering of photos of her Oscar-winning dad following his death by suicide.

"I will be leaving this account for a bit while I heal and decide if I'll be deleting it or not," Zelda Williams, 25, wrote on Instagram beneath a photo of a butterfly.

"In this difficult time, please try to be respectful of the accounts of myself, my family and my friends," she urged.

Monday's death of Williams -- one of the finest comedy talents of his generation -- at the age of 63 prompted an global outpouring of public grief on social media.

But his grieving daughter expressed frustration at the way family photos she had posted online had been used, and how Internet trolls had attacked her.

"Mining our accounts for photos of dad, or judging me on the number of them is cruel and unnecessary," added the actress, who appeared with her father in the 2004 drama "House of D."

On Twitter, Zelda Williams invited fans to make donations to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, a renowned pediatric medical center in Memphis, Tennessee that her father supported.

Williams -- whose films included "Good Will Hunting," "Good Morning Vietnam" and "Mrs. Doubtfire" -- was found dead in his San Francisco-area home on Monday by his personal assistant, hanging by a belt with superficial cuts to his wrist.

The father of three, who sometimes made light of his troubles with substance abuse and his stints in rehab, had been seeking treatment for severe depression.

"His life ended due to asphyxia due to hanging," Marin County assistant coroner Lieutenant Keith Boyd told a press conference Tuesday as an investigation continues.

In New York, the Broadway League said theaters along the Great White Way would darken their marquees Wednesday evening for one minute in Williams' honor.

"Whether on screen or live on stage, his multi-faceted talent always created memorable performances," said executive director Charlotte St. Martin in a statement.

Show business trade journal Variety meanwhile reported a surge in online sales of Williams' rich body of work, with 12 of the 13 top-selling DVDs on Amazon.com featuring the comic genius.

Topping the list was "Mrs. Doubtfire," followed by "Good Will Hunting," "Dead Poets Society," "Good Morning, Vietnam," "Patch Adams," "The Birdcage" and "What Dreams May Come."

Apple's iTunes downloading service also saw an uptick in sales, although not as strong as on Amazon, the world's biggest Internet retailer.

 

© AFP 2014

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Boehner's Christmas Carol Celebrates a GOP Congress

Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 23:15 PM

Republican House Speaker John Boehner put his own political spin on "a Christmas reading" on his YouTube page Thursday,  . . .

Dershowitz: Hollywood Should Have Followed Rushdie Example

Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 22:29 PM

Hollywood should have rallied around Sony Pictures and released "The Interview" jointly online, says Harvard law profess . . .

Army Pulls ROTC Job Posting Requiring Christian Candidates

Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 22:18 PM

The Army has pulled a job posting at an Illinois religious college that required leaders of its ROTC program to be Chris . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved