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Robin Williams Died in Apparent Suicide by Hanging

Tue, 12 Aug 2014 18:37:07 +0000

ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) -- Robin Williams died by asphyxia due to hanging in what was an apparent suicide, the Marin County, California Sheriff’s Department has announced.

At a Tuesday afternoon press conference, Lt. Keith Boyd, chief deputy coroner of the Sheriff’s office, said Williams’s wife, Susan Schneider, left the couple’s home at about 10:30 a.m. Monday, believing her husband to still be asleep.  Williams’ personal assistant became concerned when he couldn’t reach Williams, and gained access to a bedroom, where Williams was discovered, clothed and in a semi-suspended, seated position, hanging from a door with a belt around his neck.

There were also acute, yet superficial cuts on the inside of Williams’ left wrist, and a pocket knife was found nearby.  The cuts were determined to be unrelated to the cause of death.

Officials arrived after a 911 call from a person who was not identified, and who said Williams had apparently committed suicide.  Williams, 63, was pronounced dead at 12:02 p.m.  Officials say there was no sign of a struggle.  They would not say whether Williams left a note.

The official cause of death will be determined pending toxicology results. The investigation is ongoing.

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