The family of late comedian Robin Williams has given a special surprise “from one genie family to another.”

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Williams’ three children, Zelda, Cody and Zachary, have chosen the Smith family to be the recipients of this year’s Legacy of Laughter Award in honour of their dad.

In a video announcing the news, Zachary explained, “This year we wanted to honour the entire Smith family as individuals and as a whole for their long-standing and continued contributions to the world. You’ve held groundbreaking discussions on topics like family, career and mental health in a world that often expects silence from its most visible citizens”.

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He added, “From one genie family to another, thanks for sharing your phenomenal cosmic powers with the world.”

Will and wife Jada were joined by their children Trey and Willow to accept the award. The couple’s other son Jaden joined in through FaceTime as he was awaiting results of a COVID-19 test.

Will said, “It’s one of the great joys for us as a family (and a FaceTime) to accept the Robin Williams Legacy of Laughter Award for using laughter as a force for good as a family.”

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The Legacy of Laughter Award is part of Glenn Close’s non-profit, Bring Change to Mind (BC2M), which aims to end the stigma around people with mental health issues.