December 20, 2014
Coroner reports say actor Robin Williams found hanged
Oscar-winning actor and renowned comedian Robin Williams hanged himself in his California home and died by asphyxia, a coroner said based on preliminary findings.
Williams, 63, was found dead by his personal assistant at midday yesterday, suspended from a belt wedged between a door and a door frame in a seated position just of the ground, Marin County's assistant chief deputy coroner, Keith Boyd, told a news conference.
"Mr. Williams' personal assistant became concerned at approximately 11:45 am when he failed to respond to knocks on his bedroom door," said Boyd.
"His right shoulder area was touching the door with his body perpendicular to the door and slightly suspended. Mr. Williams at that time was cool to the touch with rigor mortis present in his body," Boyd added.
Officials also found a pocket knife near Williams and cuts with dried blood on his wrist that matched the knife blade.
Williams had been seeking treatment for depression, Boyd said. He would not discuss if had left a suicide note.
Funeral arrangements would be decided by the family, Boyd said. His body has been released by the coroner facility in neighboring Napa County.
Boyd would not say if any drugs or alcohol were involved and that the full toxicology report would take several more weeks, stressing that the investigation was continuing.