Police: Robin Williams hanged himself with a belt, cut his wrists
Robin Williams apparently died of asphyxia due to hanging, Marin County Sheriff’s Lt. Keith Boyd said Tuesday to the press. The final cause of death will not be official for several weeks following an autopsy, said Boyd, who also is the county’s Assistant Chief Deputy Coroner
Williams’ body was found “slightly suspended in a seated position” with a belt around his neck, Boyd said. The other end of the belt was between a closed door and the door frame, said Boyd.
Williams’ left wrist had cuts when he was found dead in a bedroom at his home, Boyd said. A pocket knife was found near his body, and a red material consistent with dried blood was found on the knife, Boyd said. He said tests will be conducted to determine whether the substance is blood.
Williams was last seen alive at about 10:30 p.m. Sunday, by his wife, when she went to bed, Boyd said. He apparently went into a bedroom at an unknown time after that, and his wife left the home at about 10:30 a.m. Monday, believing him to be asleep.
The movie star’s body was found by his personal assistant who entered the room after he wasn’t responding. Boyd confirmed that this was about 11:45 a.m. Monday.
“He has been battling severe depression of late,” his media representative Mara Buxbaum told CNN in their Aug. 12 coverage. “This is a tragic and sudden loss.”
“Robin Williams was an airman, a doctor, a genie, a nanny, a president, a professor, a bangarang Peter Pan, and everything in between,” President Barack Obama said in a statement. “But he was one of a kind. He arrived in our lives as an alien — but he ended up touching every element of the human spirit. He made us laugh. He made us cry. He gave his immeasurable talent freely and generously to those who needed it most — from our troops stationed abroad to the marginalized on our own streets.”
In addition to his successful roles on television (Mork & Mindy, The Crazy Ones) his film grossed over $3.1 billion (Source) which included the award-winning Good Will Hunting, the Night at the Musuem franchise, Aladdin, Patch Adams, Dead Poets Society, Mrs. Doubtfire, Good Morning Vietnam, Jumanji, The Bird Cage, Happy Feet and Lee Daniels’ The Butler.
A sequel to Mrs. Doubtfire was in the early stages of development and a third Night at the Museum film is set to arrive at theaters in December.