Zak Williams, the eldest child of the late Robin Williams, has just had a bouncing baby boy. The mental health advocate, marketing executive, and occasional actor welcomed his new baby with his fiancee, Olivia June, last month.
The couple has since revealed that they decided to pay homage to Zak's late father by taking one of Robin's names for the newborn. Anyone who has lost a close loved one will be able to appreciate the profound gesture in passing on a name.
Since Robin's untimely death in 2014, his son, Zak, has been very open about his mourning process.
"I miss him all the time."
via: Getty Images.As much as the world has missed Robin Williams since his suicide in 2014, the pain of his family is inconceivable. Speaking to People shortly after Robin's death, Zak said, "Often I see something or if I’m watching a film, I think, ‘Oh, man, he would have appreciated this’ or ‘He would have gotten a laugh out of this.'"
Carrying on Robin's legacy.
via: Getty Images.Robin Williams was passionate about philanthropy and this charitable ideology is something that he evidently passed on to his children. One of the ways that Zak dealt with the death of his father was by volunteering at San Quentin State Prison in California. Zak went to the prison every week and taught inmates financial literacy.
Healing is a process.Speaking a year after Robin's death, again to People, Zak explained: "As I go through the process of healing, working with inmates and focusing on the Financial Literacy Initiative and criminal justice reform has been healing for me."
Carrying on Robin's message of humility.Robin Williams believed in giving people a chance. This is something that his son, Zak, has clearly taken on board. Going into the prison system and teaching inmates practical maths so that they can budget better, as well as educating them on investment strategies, is a noble cause. Education is key to self-improvement and, by helping inmates learn how to manage money and occur it, Zak is offering them a powerful lifeline. Zak's program offers inmates a chance to make a new life for themselves away from crime once they leave prison.
Zak has found a partner that his dad would be proud of.
Olivia June seems really cool.Zak has found a real gem in Olivia. The new mom is also the CEO and founder of a tech startup called VINA; their whole bag is supporting female friendships. On the company's website, Olivia explains: "I created Hey! VINA on the simple premise that it only takes one friend to change our entire lives, and that nothing makes us feel more confident, secure, happy, and free than a supportive group of friends! When women have the tools to connect, support, and empower each other, we can truly change the world for the better... together."
Hey! Vina is an app that brings people together.We all know how difficult it can be to make friends as adults and Vina hopes to make that easier for everyone. Speaking at a health conference in LA, June explains that, "loneliness is the number one health epidemic in the world." Following his father's suicide in 2014, Zak has been vocal about mental health and it's clear that his fiancee is also passionate about making the world a more connected and happier place.
Having a partner that's open about mental health is good for Zak.
Things haven't been easy since Robin's death.
via: Getty Images.Following the suicide of Robin Williams, there was a dispute over his estate between his children and the actor's third wife, Susan Schnieder.
Susan Schneider accused Zak, Zelda, and Cody of removing items from her home without permission.
via: Getty ImagesIn January 2015, it was reported that Robin's third wife, Susan Schneider, a graphic designer, filed papers accusing the late actor's children of removing property from her home without permission. The Williams children in response accused Schnieder of attempting to change the terms of their trust agreement and that the items that they took were only things that their late father would have wanted them to have.