Robin Williams' daughter Zelda and his wife Susan Schneider were the first to speak out following the news of the Oscar winner's shocking death on Monday afternoon, and now Williams' two sons have released statements as well. Zelda added a longer message late on Tuesday evening, following the news that Williams hanged himself at his Northern California home.

Zak Williams, 31, wrote in a statement:
    "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."

Cody Williams, 22, added:
    "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."

Though Zelda Williams previously posted a quote from the Antoine De Saint-Exupery book The Little Prince, she added a lengthy statement on Tuesday evening which read:
    "My family has always been private about our time spent together. It was our way of keeping one thing that was ours, with a man we shared with an entire world. But now thats gone, and I feel stripped bare. 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. While Ill never, ever understand how he could be loved so deeply and not find it in his heart to stay, theres minor comfort in knowing our grief and loss, in some small way, is shared with millions. It doesnt help the pain, but at least its 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 youve 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 Ive 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. Well just have to work twice as hard to fill it back up again."

In the late Oscar winner's final Instagram post last month, he posted a throwback picture above of the two and 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!"

Williams' ex-wife Marsha Garces Williams also released a statement, which read, "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 wrote.

Authorities confirmed on Tuesday afternoon at a press conference that Williams hanged himself with a belt on Monday morning. The Marin County Sheriffs Department noted that there were superficial wounds found on one of Williams' wrists, indicating that the late actor may have tried to cut himself before the hanging.