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Robin Williams death upgrade: suicide by strangulation confirmed

A fallen angel in Hollywood
A fallen angel in Hollywood
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Hollywood continues to reel in shock over the dead of the beloved Robin Williams who was found dead yesterday, August 11, at his Marin home. Rumors of suicide swept the industry, especially in the light of the severe depression and battle with drugs Williams battled with. Today the suspicions about America’s and perhaps the world’s most adored comic/celebrity/super star, were confirmed according to news sources such as NBC on line that wrote that “Comedian and actor Robin Williams, 63, died from "asphyxia due to hanging," according to preliminary findings announced at a press conference on Tuesday by Lt. Keith Boyd of the Marin County's Sheriff's Office.”

Hollywood mourns its fallen angel
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CNN and just about every local and national radio and television news sources reported that Williams was discovered on Monday shortly before noon by his personal assistant who became concerned when the actor did not respond to several knocks on the door, Boyd said. Williams was found seated in a chair with a belt around his neck. His wife, Susan Schneider, last saw her husband alive around 10:30 p.m. when she went to bed.

As with all mysterious deaths, and especially those of this nature, toxicology tests are in the works along with a continued investigation to determine an approximate time of death. According to Boyd rigor mortis had already set in when Williams' assistant found him, he said.

In addition to his wife, Williams left behind a daughter, Zelda (25), and two sons Zak (31) and Cody, (33).

It was also reported in the thousands of news stories cropping up that Williams, was with the late John Belushi prior to his untimely death from an overdose of drugs on March 5, 1982. The world is losing too many people to drugs, celebrity or not, they are all to be mourned for their battles that lead them to drown out their demons. Of course we don’t know yet if Williams had taken drugs or alcohol before he committed suicide, but we do know he had a long, uphill fight with addiction.