When Robin Williams died of suicide in August 2014, it shook the entertainment world and left millions of fans blindsided. Williams was also mourned by his three children, Zachary (36 years old), Zelda (29 years old) and Cody (27 years old).
And now, Zachary has become a father himself, as his fiancée Olivia June just gave birth to their first child. In honor of his late father, Zak has named the little boy McLaurin Clement Williams. For those who don’t know, McLaurin was Robin Williams’ middle name. The couple says they will call him “Mickey” for short. How sweet is that?
The new babe is 8 pounds and 20½ inches, and mom Olivia shared photos on Instagram. She explains that Mickey was actually born on May 22, but that the family has kept the news very private as she is working on “increasing emphasis and appreciation for living life away from social media and focusing on my offline relationships.”
As you can see, Olivia also mentions how she is very busy now, both as a new mom and as a founder of a startup. The businesswoman is the founder and CEO of HeyVINA, an app that is “Tinder for girlfriends,” helping women find friends and build social connections in their community and beyond. What a cool idea!
Robin Williams’ son Zak is also an active mental health advocate. He recently took part in a campaign called Faces of Fortitude, which seeks to support people who have family members that suffer from mental illness or who have lost loved ones to suicide.
“There’s no education in place to tell you how to deal with this,” Zak Williams shared in his personal videos. “Once I took out all the inputs and elements of self-medications, it all became really raw. It was super painful. I had to stop thinking big and expansive to heal everyone and look inward. I found a lot in there. I realized I wasn’t broken. There was a lot of strength I didn’t know was in there.”
Robin Williams was 63 when he died. He was known for his stand-up comedy, along with TV and film appearances starting in the early 1970s, when he could be seen in “The Richard Pryor Show,” “Laugh-In” and “Happy Days.” He had his own show with “Mork & Mindy” from 1978-1982.
After that, he appeared in movies such as 1989’s “Dead Poet’s Society” and 1997’s “Good Will Hunting” in 1997. He won an Academy Award for the latter. His movies also included 1993’s “Mrs. Doubtfire” and 1992’s “Aladdin,” which Disney recently remade as a live-action film with Will Smith paying homage to Williams’ Genie character.
Several months ago, Smith posted this fan-art image of his Genie and Williams’ original together on his Instagram.
Williams’ more recent films include “Night at the Museum” and “Happy Feet” and their sequels. He continued to work until his death; one of his movies, “Boulevard,” came out posthumously. And although his unexpected death shocked fans, it’s clear that this talented man’s legacy lives on, both in his work and his family.
What an incredible message and a wonderful way to honor Robin Williams and his life. Enjoy your new baby, you two!