The Marin County coroner’s office has released the official details of Robin Williams’ death.
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The big news is that no illegal drugs and no alcohol were found in Williams’ body. His death was officially ruled a suicide. It was determined that Williams died from asphyxia due to hanging.
According to the Huffington Post, Sheriff’s Deputy Stewart Cowan said that no other information from the report would be released.
Though his family and friends insisted that Williams was not abusing any substances at the time of his death, it was still an unanswered question until now, given the actor’s history with illegal drugs.
Williams famously struggled with a cocaine addiction in the late ’70s and early ’80s. He then fell into abusing alcohol in 2003, which ended with him checking into rehab in 2006. Though Williams had checked himself into a rehab facility shortly before his death in 2014, his family and friends said it was not due to drug abuse. They explained that the actor simply needed time to regroup.
But we can now confirm addiction did not play a role in his death. Instead, Williams’ wife Susan Schneider said publicly that at the time of his death, the comedian was struggling with depression, anxiety and the newly discovered information that he had Parkinson’s disease.
Williams’ personal assistant found him dead in his Northern California home on Aug. 11.
The toxicology report from Williams’ autopsy was initially scheduled to be released Sept. 20, approximately six weeks after his death, which is typical. The results were then delayed to Nov. 3 and further delayed until their official release today. The reasons for the delays were not immediately known.
If you or anyone you know needs help or is struggling with suicidal thoughts, in the United States, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.