Robin Williams’ Preliminary Cause of Death Determined
The shocking news of the death of the Oscar-winning actor and comedian Robin Williams took the world by surprise. The comedian was known for his quick comedic improvisation skills. He was found dead in his home late Monday morning, Aug. 11, 2014. The police have launched an investigation into the actor’s death. It has been found that the cause was asphyxiation. As of Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014, according to The Hollywood Reporter, the Marin County Police has already issued a statement on their findings at a press conference. Read on to learn more about this story.
In this new development, the Assistant Chief Deputy Coroner of the Marin County Sheriff’s Office, Lieutenant Keith Boyd released an official statement regarding the cause and manner of the death of the renowned comedian.
According to the statement, Williams was found by his personal assistant at 11:45 a.m. on Monday after entering the room. The personal assistant entered the room after becoming concerned that the actor was not answering the door. Williams was last seen by his wife the night before, Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014, before she went to bed. She had left the house at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, as she believed that Williams was still asleep.
Boyd went on to say that Williams was found clothed and in a seated position, with a belt around his neck. He was “slightly suspended,” as the other end of the belt was wedged in “between the closet door and the door frame.” At the time of the body’s discovery, it was already cool to the touch as rigor mortis had set in. Moreover, they also found some cuts on his left wrist. Near the body was a closed pocket knife, and upon examining the blade, they found red material, which they determined to be blood but did not specify whose it was, as it is undergoing scientific testing as of the moment.
It was also reported that there seemed to be no sign of a physical struggle and that a toxicology report, which will be available in two to six weeks, will determine whether Williams had any chemical substances in his system when he died. It was no secret that he had substance problems, as he publicly acknowledged it. He also checked himself into a rehab center recently to keep his drinking in check.
Boyd also reminded the public that the investigation is still ongoing and that another press conference will be held when the police have finished their investigation.
The lieutenant also noted that Williams had been seeking treatment for depression. This supports the statement that the actor’s publicist told The Hollywood Reporter — Williams had been struggling with depression as of late.
And that was the latest update on the death of Oscar-winning actor and comedian Robin Williams. For more news and updates on your favorite celebrities, keep on following Movie News Guide (MNG).
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