An update on Robin Williams’ suicide and subsequent autopsy has been made public.
According to TMZ, the coroner has confirmed that Williams’ body was found by an assistant inside his home in northern California. The actor had cuts on his left wrist described as “acute superficial cuts.” It seems as though Williams tried to ensure that he would end his life by taking a couple of extra steps, though TMZ reports that Williams tried to kill himself first by slitting his wrist. Ultimately, Williams hanged himself, and his preliminary cause of death has been listed as “asphyxia due to hanging.”
“The coroner says Williams then took a belt, tied it around his neck and secured it between the closet door and door frame. Williams was in a seated position, slightly suspended with his right shoulder against the door.”
Robin Williams’ assistant became concerned when Williams didn’t respond to knocks on his bedroom door, according to Gossip Cop. The assistant was able to enter the bedroom door where Williams was found next to the closet. Lt. Keith Boyd, assistant county coroner, revealed the following information about Williams’ condition when his body was discovered.
“Mr. Williams, at that time, was cool to the touch, with rigamortis present in his body and livor mortis positioned appropriately for the position he was located in. The inside of Mr. Williams left wrist has several acute superficial transverse cuts. A pocket knife with a closed blade was located in close proximity to Mr. Williams. The pocket knife was examined, and a dry red material was located on the blade of the knife which appeared consistent to dried blood. It is unknown at this time if the dried red material is in fact blood, or if it is Mr. Williams blood, but scientific testing will be conducted to evaluate its investigative value.”
Another update following the autopsy report will be made available in a few weeks. Toxicology tests will be conducted to determine if there were any substances in Williams’ system at the time of his death. Since these tests take four to six weeks, an official cause of death will not be given until then.
As previously reported by The Inquisitr, Williams had been dealing with severe depression. He was in rehab in Minnesota just last month, but his demons were far too much for him to handle. While he definitely did the right thing by trying to get help, he succumbed to his negative feelings in the end.
Robin Williams was just 63 years old.
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