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Robin Williams' Son Posts Moving Tribute On Seventh Anniversary Of Actor's Death

Robin Williams' Son Posts Moving Tribute On Seventh Anniversary Of Actor's Death

Zak Williams praised his dad for bringing laughter and joy into the world

Stewart Perrie

Stewart Perrie

It's the seventh anniversary of Robin Williams' death and his fans all over the world have paid tribute to the legendary actor.

His son, Zak, has remembered his dad for helping bring so much light and laughter into the world.

Writing on Twitter, the actor's son said: "Dad, seven years ago today you passed on. The joy and inspiration you brought to the world carries on in your legacy and in your family, friends, and fans you so loved.

"You lived to bring laughter and to help others. I will be celebrating your memory today. Love you forever."

He was 63 when he took his own life, and he left behind an impressive legacy of work and, beyond that, an incredible ability to make viewers feel an incredible array of emotions.

Whether he made you laugh in Aladdin, made you teary in Mrs. Doubtfire or made you think in Good Will Hunting, his ability to take on a character and make it his own was rare in Hollywood.

Although he struggled with the pressures of starting out on the circuit - something that led him to start using alcohol and drugs - it led to a few TV appearances, which in turn landed him the role of alien Mork on an episode of Happy Days in 1978.

From that, the spin-off show Mork & Mindy was born, in which he starred alongside Pam Dawber.

Williams and co-star Pam Dawber in 'Mork & Mindy'.

It last just four seasons, but turned Robin Williams into a household name, thanks to his relatable comedic talents and his ability to effortlessly merge the absurd with the poignant.

It wasn't until an autopsy was performed on his body that the world knew he was living with Lewy body dementia.

The condition - which can often be misdiagnosed as Alzheimer's or Parkinson's disease - can cause hallucinations as well as problems with understanding, thinking and memory.

Months before his passing, he'd been diagnosed with Parkinson's and it has been previously reported he had feelings of paranoia on the run up to his death.

The star's wife Susan Schneider Williams explained: "My husband had unknowingly been battling a deadly disease.

"Nearly every region of his brain was under attack. He experienced himself disintegrating."

A documentary titled Robin's Wish was released last year and it dived into Williams' condition and the final months of his life.

His widow explained in the film: "During the last year of his life, Robin was confronted with anxiety, paranoia, insomnia, scary altered realities and a roller coaster of hope and despair.

"With our medical team's care, we chased a relentless parade of symptoms but with very little gain.

"It wasn't until after Robin's passing, in autopsy, that the source of his terror was revealed: he had diffuse Lewy body disease. It was one of the worst cases medical professionals had seen."

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: Entertainment, Celebrity, Robin Williams