The Marin County Sheriff's Department has verified late Tuesday morning that comedian Robin Williams committed suicide by hanging. Williams was found in his Tiburon, California home late Monday morning at approximately 11:45 a.m. Sheriff's reports state that Williams was found with a belt around his neck in a seated position slightly suspended above the ground with the belt wedged between a closet door and its door frame.
The death is being recorded as a suicide by asphyxiation although authorities suspect Williams also tried to slit his wrists. Williams' left wrist bore several lacerations and a pocket knife was found in a nearby bedroom.
Lt. Keith Boyd is stressing that their findings are still preliminary. He refused to discuss whether or not the 63-year-old actor and comedian left behind a suicide note. It is also still unclear if Williams' had any drugs or alcohol in his system at the time of death. Boyd stated that Williams' wife, Susan Schneider, saw her husband at around 10:30 p.m. on Sunday before she went to bed; Williams went into another bedroom. That was the last time Williams was seen alive. Boyd also stated that while Williams was pronounced dead at 12:02 p.m. on Monday, it is unknown exactly when Williams ended his life.
The sudden death of Robin Williams has made mental illness and depression a topic of national conversation. While mental disorders such as depression are still heavily stigmatized, its essential to discuss it openly whenever possible, especially in cases of immediate crisis intervention.
If you or someone you know is experiencing a crisis, please call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255 or visit imalive.org for help. If you or someone you know is in danger of hurting themselves or others, call 911 or check into an Emergency Room immediately.