The death of Robin Williams turns out to be devastating — this is the news you don’t want to hear today.
In a live press conference following the death of actor and comedian Robin Williams, Marin County coroner confirmed that Williams took his own life by hanging himself with a belt and cutting his left wrist with a pocket knife before he was discovered by his personal assistant.
The 63-year-old actor’s cause of death has been determined to be “asphyxia due to hanging.”
Lt. Keith Boyd statement reads:
At approximately 10:30 a.m. on August 11, 2014, Mr. Williams’ wife left the home, believing Mr. Williams to still be asleep. Mr. Williams’ personal assistant became concerned at around 11:45 a.m. when he failed to respond to knocks on his bedroom door.
At the time, the personal assistant was able to gain access to Williams’ bedroom and entered the bedroom to find Mr. Williams clothed, in a seated positon, unresponsive, with a belt secured around his neck with the other end of the belt wedged between the closed closet door and the door frame.
The inside of Mr. Williams’ left wrist had several acute superficial transverse cuts. A pocket knife with a closed blade was located in close proximity to Mr. Williams.
The famed actor has been battling years of severe depression, alcohol and drug addiction. Officials also confirmed that there is no evidence of foul play in his death.