After receiving thousands of negative messages in the wake of her father’s suicide at his home in Tiburon, California on Monday, Zelda Williams has decided to take a vacation from social media. The 25-year-old posted a message on her Instagram account that reads:
“I will be leaving this account for a bit while I heal and decide if I’ll be deleting it or not. 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. My favorite photos of family are framed in my house, not posted on social media, and they ‘ll remain there,” she added. “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.”
The mourning daughter also took to twitter, tweeting: “I’m sorry. I should’ve risen above. Deleting this from my devices for a good long time, maybe forever. Time will tell. Goodbye.
Her messages come after various users sent the woman photoshopped pictures of her father’s dead body. Other users have been sending harsh criticism surrounding the nature of the beloved actor’s death, calling it selfish and dramatic.
Zelda, in a way that would probably make her comedic father proud, responded in a statement saying: “To those he touched who are sending kind words, know that one of his favorite things in the world was to make you all laugh. As for those who are sending negativity, know that some small, giggling part of him is sending a flock of pigeons to your house to poop on your car. Right after you’ve had it washed. After all, he loved to laugh too.”