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Robin Williams Confirmed Dead From Suicide By Hanging

Tue, August 12, 2014 2:30pm EDT by Elizabeth Wagmeister 23 Comments

Robin Williams was found dead in his bedroom in his Tiburon, Calif. home on August 11, hanging with a belt around his neck. Robin also had cuts on his wrist, and a pocket knife was found near his body. Sadly, this confirms that Robin died by his own hand.

The 63-year-old “killed himself,” police say, and are conducting an ongoing investigation of Robin Williams‘ death, as suicide by asphyxiation. Robin’s rep says that the actor had been battling severe depressing at his time of death. Update: Robin’s body was found by his personal assistant on Monday morning, while his wife, Susan Schneider, was out of their home, running errands.

Robin Williams Confirmed Dead From Suicide By Hanging

Robin Williams was found dead on the morning of August 11, and shocking details from the police reveal Robin’s death was said a suicide attempt by hanging, according to the Marin County Fire scanner audio, obtained by CBS News.

Robin, who was last seen at his Tiburon, Calif. home where he died on Sunday, August 10 at 10:00 p.m., was found Monday, August 11 at 11:55 a.m. The 911 call reported a “male adult unconscious and not breathing.” Emergency personnel arrived just five minutes after the call at noon, and Robin was pronounced dead at 12:02 p.m.

Robin was found by his personal assistant inside the main home, not his garage, and TMZ reports, it appears that he did not leave a suicide note. His assistant knocked on the door and window, and became concerned when there was no answer because Robin was supposed to be home, while his wife was running errands. The assistant then went inside and found the body.

During an August 12 press conference at 11:00 a.m. in Calif., detailing the preliminary investigation, police said that Robin’s wife, Susan, assumed he was still sleeping when she woke up on the morning of his death.

Police confirmed that Robin’s body was found cold to the touch, clothed, in a seated position. He had a belt around his neck, and superficial wounds were found on the inside of his left wrist. A pocket knife with a red substance, which has not been confirmed as blood, was found near his body. The primary cause of death is asphyxiation.

The investigation is still ongoing.

Robin Was Battling Severe Depression At Time Of Death

“Robin Williams passed away this morning,” his rep said in a statement. “He has been battling severe depression of late. This is a tragic and sudden loss. The family respectfully asks for their privacy as they grieve during this very difficult time.”

The Marin County Sheriff’s Office Coroner Division also released a statement to, confirming Robin’s death: “An investigation into the cause, manner, and circumstances of the death is currently underway by the Investigations and Coroner Divisions of the Sheriff’s Office…At this time, the Sheriff’s Office Coroner Division suspects the death to be a suicide due to asphyxia, but a comprehensive investigation must be completed before a final determination is made. A forensic examination is currently scheduled for August 12, 2014 with subsequent toxicology testing to be conducted.”

Our thoughts remain with Robin’s family and loved ones.

— Elizabeth Wagmeister

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