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Robin Williams' daughter Zelda says it will take 'a lot of work' to return to her 'fun, happy life'

February 26, 2015
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Robin Williams' daughter Zelda has opened up about her father's death and admitted it will take "a lot of work" to return to the "fun, happy life" that she once had. The 25-year-old is keen to continue her dad's legacy and will present a "Noble Award" in honour of his humanitarian work with the Challenged Athletes Foundation on Friday.

In an interview ahead of the ceremony, Zelda spoke about how she is coping with Robin's shock death six months on.

"I think a lot of people feel his absence. But for me, especially, it's going to take a lot of work to allow myself to have the sort of fun, happy life that I had," she said on the Today Show. "But that's important. Anybody who has ever lost anyone works very hard to continue that memory in a positive way."

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Zelda Williams has opened up about her father Robin Williams' death

One of the ways she has chosen to honour her dad's memory is with a tattoo of a hummingbird on her hand.

"Hummingbirds are fun and flighty and strange," she explained. "It's hard to keep them in one place, and dad was a bit like that. Keeping a conversation in one moment was impossible with him.

"It was a bit like trying to put a bag around a storm and hoping it didn't blow away," she laughed.

The budding actress said that she tries not to dwell on Robin's death, instead choosing to focus on the joy he brought to her life, along with millions of fans around the world.

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Zelda said it will take a lot of work to get over her father's death

"There's no point questioning it and no point blaming anyone else for it, and there's no point blaming yourself or the world or whatever the case may be," she said. "Because it happened, so you have to continue to… live and manage."

Zelda does want to draw attention to the stigma of mental health, after her dad sadly took his own life after a long battle with depression.

"I think one of the things that is changing, that is wonderful, is that people are finally starting to approach talking about illnesses that people can't really see," she said.

"Nothing happens immediately, but I think we're on our way."

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