Robin Williams' daughter responds to her father's final tweet
Robin Williams' only daughter has tweeted back to her father's final public words in which he pledged his love for his little girl.
In her tweet, she quotes from The Little Prince, a French illustrated book for children by Antoine De Saint-Exupery.
"You - you alone will have the stars as no one else has them ... In one of them I shall be laughing. And so it will be as if all the starts were laughing, when you look at the sky at night ... You - only you - will have stars that can laugh."
Williams' final public words were issued via Twitter and Instagram (see below) with a post shared three weeks ago for his only daughter's 25th birthday.
The photo shows a far younger Williams gazing pensively at the camera, with toddler Zelda Rae sitting on his chest.
The father of three's Instagram profile mostly has images of the actor working, with his family and animals such as monkeys and dogs.
Williams' battle with substance abuse, mourning and fatherhood fused while on the promotional trail for the 2010 release of his edgy comedy World's Greatest Dad, in which William's fakes his own suicide to turn his wayward son around.
While promoting the film, Williams described fatherhood as a "pretty wonderful thing" and mused on the impact of death on those left behind after his close friend, Superman actor Christopher Reeves, died.
"It [death] happens all the time, I know, but I know their kids, they're amazing, and to see them go through so much loss in one year - that's tough," Williams said.
He also shared that he had begun drinking again because of a general free floating fear he battled constantly.
"It's just literally being afraid. And you think, oh, this will ease the fear. And it doesn't," Williams told The Guardian, adding he was afraid of everything.
"It's just a general all-round arggghhh. It's fearfulness and anxiety."
His publicist, Mara Buxbaum confirmed the actor's death of apparent suicide and said he had been battling with depression for years.
"This is a tragic and sudden loss," Buxbaum said in a statement. "The family respectfully asks for their privacy as they grieve during this very difficult time."
Williams' wife, Susan Schneider, said she was "utterly heartbroken".
"This morning, I lost my husband and my best friend, while the world lost one of its most beloved artists and beautiful human beings," she said in a statement.
US President Barack Obama said: "He made us laugh. He made us cry. He gave his immeasurable talent freely and generously to those who needed it most - from our troops stationed abroad to the marginalised on our own streets. The Obama family offers our condolences to Robin's family, his friends, and everyone who found their voice and their verse thanks to Robin Williams."
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Sydney Morning Herald