What a lovely tribute. Robin Williams’ son Zak Williams welcomed his first child with his fiancée, Olivia June, on May 22, and honored the late actor with the baby’s name. The couple named their son McLaurin Clement Williams — Robin’s middle name was McLaurin.
The duo plans to call him Mickey, Us Weekly reported. He weighed 8 pounds and was 20-and-a-half inches long at birth. On a very sweet note, Zelda Williams — Zak’s half-sister — reportedly took photos of the couple with their newborn.
Robin tragically took his own life on August 11, 2014, at the age of 63. The actor struggled with depression and said on NPR in 2006, “Oh, [comedians] have a dark side, I mean, because they’re looking at that. In the process of looking for comedy, you have to be deeply honest. And in doing that, you’ll find out here’s the other side. You’ll be looking under the rock occasionally for the laughter. So they have a depressed side. But is it always the sad clown thing? No. But I find comics to be pretty honest people in terms of looking at stuff from both sides or all sides.”
Now, his son is able to honor his memory and all that Robin gave to the world through his son and his moniker. Robin shared his oldest son with his first wife, Valerie Velardi. The pair divorced in 1988 after 10 years of marriage. He later became a father to Zelda, 29, and Cody, 27, with his second wife, Marsha Garces. They also broke up in 2008 — almost nine years after they got married — and finally, the comedian wed his third wife, Susan Schneider Williams, in 2011.
Robin’s kids were apparently not made aware of many of the incidents leading up to their father’s suicide — including his health struggles. “They knew what the autopsy said — that Robin had also been secretly suffering from a degenerative brain disorder called Lewy Body Dementia — but they were thoroughly in the dark about everything else,” a source explained to In Touch in November 2015. “They could have been there. But they were never given that opportunity.” Hopefully, that doesn’t haunt Zak too much, and he’s able to remember his father fondly and without regret.
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