'Intense Personal Pain': Robin Williams’ Son Zak Speaks Out On Late Star's Struggles
Robin Williams' son Zachary, 36, has opened up about his father's tragic death following what would have been his 68th birthday during an appearance on 'Good Morning Britain'.
Robin Williams took his own life in 2014 at age 63, and ahead of the fifth anniversary of his death, Zak revealed that he felt "helpless" watching his father's struggle with mental health issues prior to his sudden death.
“For the most part he was very good at putting his personal struggles aside and soldiering on,” he explained.
“When it did show through, it was sad to see someone who was suffering so --As a family member and child you want to do everything you can to help soothe and ease what seemed to be a really intense personal pain," he continued.
“There were times when it felt like there was helplessness from my part. I didn’t know what I could do or best support. Among those people close to him, we all love him so and found it difficult. He wasn’t always open to sharing his personal pain and struggle. We noticed that over a period of time.”
He went on to say that watching his dad go out and perform while he suffered was "heartbreaking" and that sharing him with the world was "hard".
It comes after Zak and his partner Olivia June welcomed their first child, McLaurin Clement Williams -- the infant's first name a nod to Robin's middle name.
Robin's daughter, Zelda, has also previously spoken out about the effect her father's death has had on her, posting a sweet image with him last year over Instagram for his birthday.
“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,” she captioned the photo.
She added. “If you’d like to do something in his honour, 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."
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