Sarah Michelle Gellar: Robin was like a dad

Robin Williams

Sarah Michelle Gellar has called Robin Williams the “father she always dreamed of”.

Robin passed away aged 63 yesterday, after apparently committing suicide at his California home.

He and Sarah starred alongside each other in comedy TV show The Crazy Ones, playing father and daughter Simon and Sydney Roberts. The actress has now paid a touching tribute to the late star, saying he had a big impact on her and her family.

“My life is a better place because I knew Robin Williams. To my children he was Uncle Robin, to everyone he worked with, he was the best boss anyone had ever known, and to me he was not just an inspiration but he was the father I had always dreamed of having,” she told People.

“There are not enough adjectives to describe the light he was, to anyone that ever had the pleasure to meet him.

“I will miss him every day, but I know the memory of him will live on. And to his family, I thank them for letting us know him and seeing the joy they brought him. Us crazy ones love you.”

Robin’s representative confirmed he had been battling severe depression in private once news of his death broke. In June he checked into rehab focus on his “continued commitment to sobriety”, having battled issues with alcohol and drugs in the past.

He is survived by his third wife Susan Schneider and his adult children Zak, Zelda and Cody. Susan has released a statement about his passing, explaining she wants to think about the good times they shared.

“This morning, I lost my husband and my best friend, while the world lost one if its most beloved artists and beautiful human beings. I am utterly heartbroken,” she told The New York Times’ Dave Itzkoff.

“On behalf of Robin’s family, we are asking for privacy during our time of profound grief. As he is remembered, it is our hope that the focus will not be on Robin’s death but on the countless moments of joy and laughter he gave to millions.”

Robin’s last tweet came on July 31 and was a birthday tribute to Zelda. He called her his “baby girl” and included a picture of himself holding her when she was a toddler.

Zelda has honored her father on Twitter, using a quote from the book The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.

“You – you alone will have the stars as no one else has them… In one of the stars I shall be living. In one of them I shall be laughing. And so it will be as if all the stars were laughing, when you look at the sky at night… You – only you will have stars that can laugh,” it read, before she added: “I love you. I miss you. I’ll try to keep looking up, Z.”

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