Sheriff: Robin Williams found with belt on neck

SAN RAFAEL, Calif. - Sheriff's officials say Robin Williams' personal assistant found him with a belt around his neck at his San Francisco Bay Area home.
 
Marin County Sheriff's Lt. Keith Boyd also said Tuesday that superficial cuts were found on Williams' wrist and a pocket knife was found nearby.
 
Toxicology results on whether Williams had any drugs or alcohol in his system are weeks away.

Williams was last seen alive at 10:30 p.m. Sunday by his wife, Boyd said. She went to sleep in a separate bedroom. She left the home the following morning at 10:30 a.m., believing Williams to still be asleep.

At about 11:45 a.m. Monday, Williams’ person assistant became concerned when Williams failed to respond to knocks on his bedroom door.

That’s when his assistant entered the bedroom “to find Mr. Williams clothed, in a seated position, unresponsive, with a belt secured around his neck, with the other end of the belt wedged between the closed closet door and the door frame,” Boyd said.

 Sheriff's officials said Monday a preliminary investigation determined the cause of death was suicide due to asphyxia. Williams was 63 and had suffered for years from periodic bouts of substance abuse and depression.
 
Williams' press representative Mara Buxbaum said the actor had been battling severe depression recently. Just last month, Williams announced he was returning to a 12-step treatment program.

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