Robin Williams’ Cause of Death: Actor Died From Asphyxia Due to Hanging

By: Gabrielle Chung / August 12, 2014

Robin Williams‘ cause of death has been revealed during a press conference on Tuesday. The Marin County Sheriff’s Department as ruled that the Oscar-winning actor died from asphyxiation due to hanging.

Police reports that Williams, 63, was found in a slightly suspended in a seated position by his personal assistant Monday morning. According to assistant chief deputy coroner Lt. Keith Boyd, the Good Will Hunting star was discovered with a belt around his neck, with one end wedged between a closet door frame. Superficial cuts have also been found on inside of Williams’ left wrist. Boyd says a pocket knife was found near the actor’s body. 

Chemical substances have also been discovered in Williams’ system at the time of his death, but toxicology results will not be made available for approximately 2 to 6 weeks.

In a report released earlier this week, authorities suspected that Williams had committed suicide in his home in Tiburon, Calif. He was pronounced dead at the scene at 12:02 p.m.