So sad. During a press conference on Aug. 12, Lt. Keith Boyd revealed that Robin Williams’ lifeless body was found in a slightly suspended, seated position with a belt around his neck on Aug. 11. Shockingly, the late actor also had acute, superficial wounds on the inside of his left wrist at the time of his death. Read on for all the heartbreaking details.
Following Robin Williams‘ tragic death on Aug. 11, law enforcement officials held a press conference on Aug. 12 to discuss details of the actor’s suicide. The revelations were almost too horrific to take in.
Robin Williams Suicide Details
Marin County Sheriff’s Lt. Keith Boyd stood before a sea of reporters, when he revealed that the 63-year-old actor’s lifeless body was found in a slightly suspended, seated position with a belt around his neck in a bedroom of his California home on Aug. 11. The other end of the belt was between a closed door and the door frame.
And just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse, Keith announced that Robin was also found with acute, superficial wounds on the inside of his left wrist. A pocketknife was found near his body, and a red material consistent with dried blood was found on the knife. Tests will be conducted to determine whether the substance is blood.
Boyd went on to say that Robin was last seen alive by his wife, Susan Schneider, at 10:30 PM on Aug. 10. She retired to a room in the home, while Robin went to a separate room, which is where he was found the following morning.
Robin’s wife left the home on the morning of Aug. 11, believing her husband was still asleep. It was around 11:45 AM that Robin’s assistant became alarmed when knocks on his bedroom door went unanswered. Upon entering Robin’s bedroom, his assistant found the actor’s body and immediately called 911.
Robin’s body was reportedly cool to the touch and according to Boyd, rigor mortis had already set in. Shortly after paramedics arrived at 12:00 PM, Robin was pronounced dead at 12:02 PM on Aug. 11.
The Mrs. Doubtfire actor was then transported from the scene to the Napa County Sheriff’s Office Morgue by the Coroner Division, pending a forensic examination which was conducted prior to this press conference.
The forensic examination, conducted by Dr. Joseph Cohen, who is the Sheriff’s Office Chief Forensic Pathologist, did not reveal any injuries indicating Robin had been in a struggle or physical altercation.
The preliminary results of the forensic examination revealed supporting physical signs that Robin’s life ended from asphyxia due to hanging. Toxicology testing will be conducted to determine if Robin had any chemical substances in his system at his time of death. But those results will not be available for approximately 2 – 6 weeks.
Boyd also noted that this is an active investigation. The final cause and manner of death will not be certified until the conclusion of the investigation, which is several weeks away. When that happens, a press conference will then be scheduled.
Robin Williams: Special Tribute At The Primetime Emmys
The late actor will be celebrated during the Primetime Emmys on Aug. 25. During the live telecast, there will be a special tribute, a source close to the situation has revealed to HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY.
“Robin Williams will be honored on the show and we will all hear from people for the first time about his death during the telecast,” our HollywoodLife.com source reveals. “It is going to be a very big tribute.”
Our thoughts go out to Robin’s family and friends during this difficult time.
If you, or someone you know, is experiencing suicidal ideation, please call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255; operators are available 24/7.
— Chris Rogers