Of­fi­cial: Robin Wil­liams hanged him­self with belt

The Covington News - - THE WIRE -

SAN RAFAEL, Calif. (AP) — Au­thor­i­ties on Tues­day de­tailed how Robin Wil­liams' took his life, say­ing the ac­tor and comedian hanged him­self with a belt in a bed­room of his San Fran­cisco Bay Area home.

Marin County Sher­iff's Lt. Keith Boyd said Wil­liams was last seen alive by his wife Sun­day night when she went to bed. She woke up the next morn­ing and left, think­ing he was still asleep else­where in the home.

Shortly af­ter that, Wil­liams' per­sonal as­sis­tant came to the Tiburon home and be­came con­cerned when Wil­liams failed to re­spond to knocks at a door. The as­sis­tant found the 63-year-old ac­tor clothed and dead in a bed­room.

Boyd said all ev­i­dence in­di­cates Wil­liams, star of "Good Will Hunt­ing," ''Mrs. Doubt­fire," ''Good Morn­ing, Viet­nam" and dozens of other films, com­mit­ted sui­cide by hang­ing him­self. But he said a fi­nal rul­ing will be made once tox­i­col­ogy re­ports and in­ter­views with wit­nesses are com­plete.

The con­di­tion of the body in­di­cated Wil­liams had been dead for at least a few hours, Boyd said. Wil­liams also had su­per­fi­cial cuts on his wrist, and a pock­etknife was found nearby.

Wil­liams had been seek­ing treat­ment for de­pres­sion, Boyd said. He would not say whether the ac­tor left a sui­cide note.

"We still have peo­ple we want to speak with so there is some in­for­ma­tion we're go­ing to with­hold," Boyd said. "We're not dis­cussing the note or a note at this point as the in­ves­ti­ga­tion is on­go­ing."

It was no se­cret that the Os­car-win­ning ac­tor for years had dealt with pe­ri­odic bouts of sub­stance abuse and de­pres­sion — he made ref­er­ence to it in his com­edy rou­tines. Just last month, Wil­liams an­nounced he was re­turn­ing to a 12-step treat­ment pro­gram.

When he sought treat­ment in 2006 af­ter a re­lapse that fol­lowed 20 years of so­bri­ety, he joked about fall­ing off the wagon: "I went to re­hab in wine coun­try to keep my op­tions open."

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