A little more than six months after comedian Robin Williams' suicide, his daughter Zelda reflected on her father in her first public comments since his death.
"I think a lot of people feel his absence, but for me, especially, yeah, it's going to take a lot of work to allow myself to have the sort of fun, the happy life, that I had," Williams, 25, told Kate Snow on NBC's "Today" show Thursday.
Calling her father "an incredibly kind and incredibly caring man" who "was also very private and very calm and very subdued," she said, "The side of him that people know and love and that is attached to their childhood is the characters that he had so much fun being. And that's what's important, and I do think that's what a lot of people will hold onto and that's not going anywhere."
Of coping with a suicide, she told Snow, "A lot of people who have been through it and lost someone, the ones that I've found that have gone on to lead very full lives found that they just had to know that there's no point questioning it and there's no point blaming anyone else for it, or . . . blaming yourself or the world or whatever the case may be, because it happened. So you have to continue to move and you have to continue to live and manage."
She said she believes her father's suicide began a public conversation about the depression that was a contributing factor. "I think one of the things that is changing, that is wonderful," she said, "is that people are finally starting to approach talking about illnesses that people can't immediately see."
Williams posted her thanks on social media to Snow and "Today" "for allowing me the opportunity to raise awareness and help support one of Dad's favorite charities, the Challenged Athletes Foundation . . . a nonprofit that provides education, community support and the sports adaptive prosthetics/specialty wheelchairs not often provided by health insurance."
Williams did not address on the "Today" show an ongoing legal dispute begun by her father's widow, Susan Schneider Williams. Robin Williams' third wife claimed in a December filing that her late husband wanted his children -- Zelda and her brothers Zack, 31, and Cody, 23 -- to share in the contents of his Napa, California, estate, but not certain personal effects, including clothing and memorabilia. Robin Williams' children said in a January response to his widow's filing that they were "heartbroken" by Schneider Williams' challenge of "the plans he so carefully made for his estate."