Robin Williams' Fil-Am ex-wife, kids open up


Posted at Aug 13 2014 01:49 PM | Updated as of Aug 13 2014 09:49 PM

Actor Robin Williams poses with his then wife Marsha at the premiere of his film "What Dreams May Come" in Beverly Hills. Photo by Fred Prouser, Reuters

MANILA - Robin Williams' ex-wife Filipina-American Marsha Garces and their two children have released emotional statements, following the actor's death.

Garces said she hopes people will remember Williams as "gentle, loving and generous."

"My heart is split wide open and scattered over the planet with all of you. Please remember the gentle, loving, generous -- and yes, brilliant and funny man that was Robin Williams. My arms are wrapped around our children as we attempt to grapple with celebrating the man we love, while dealing with this immeasurable loss," she said.

Williams was married to Garces for 19 years, before divorcing in 2010. They had two children Zelda Rae and Cody.

Zelda and Cody also opened up about their father's death.

Zelda, a 25-year-old actress, revealed that her last day with her father was on his birthday last July 21.

"My last day with him was his birthday, and I will be forever grateful that my brothers and I got to spend that time alone with him, sharing gifts and laughter. He was always warm, even in his darkest moments," she said, in a post on her Tumblr page.

"While I’ll never, ever understand how he could be loved so deeply and not find it in his heart to stay, there’s minor comfort in knowing our grief and loss, in some small way, is shared with millions. It doesn’t help the pain, but at least it’s a burden countless others now know we carry, and so many have offered to help lighten the load. Thank you for that."

"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."

"Dad was, is and always will be one of the kindest, most generous, gentlest souls I’ve ever known, and while there are few things I know for certain right now, one of them is that not just my world, but the entire world is forever a little darker, less colorful and less full of laughter in his absence. We’ll just have to work twice as hard to fill it back up again," she said.

Williams' youngest son Cody, 22, also issued a statement.

"There are no words strong enough to describe the love and respect I have for my father. The world will never be the same without him. I will miss him and take him with me everywhere I go for the rest of my life, and will look forward, forever, to the moment when I get to see him again," Cody said.

Zak Williams, the actor's son from his first marriage, also asked people to remember his father as gentle and kind.

"Yesterday, I lost my father and a best friend and the world got a little grayer. I will carry his heart with me every day. I would ask those that loved him to remember him by being as gentle, kind, and generous as he would be. Seek to bring joy to the world as he sought," Zak said.

Williams, an Oscar-winning actor and comedian, was found dead by his personal assistant in his Northern California home on Monday. He was 63.

His last post on Instagram was a photo with his daughter Zelda on her birthday last July 31.

He wrote: "#tbt and Happy Birthday to Ms. Zelda Rae Williams! Quarter of a century old today but always my baby girl. Happy Birthday @zeldawilliams Love you!"

Last April, Williams also posted a photo of himself with his son Zak.

His message read:"You're a grown man now and I'm so proud of you. A little bit of you will always be my "Mr Pym". Happy Birthday, @zakpym!"