forensic examination rigor mortis pocket knife physical altercation
Robin Williams appears to be have died from asphxia by hanging, according to preliminary findings from the Marin County Sheriff's Office. Investigators believe the Oscar-winning actor committed suicide.
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00:02 On August 11 2014. At approximately 11:55. AM -- accounting
00:08 communications. -- tonight -- one telephone call reporting that a male
00:12 adult I've been located unconscious. And not breathing inside his residence.
00:17 The caller was distraught. And indicated at that time that was
00:21 in an apparent suicide due to a hanging. Had taken place
00:24 and that rigor mortis had set in mr. Williams was last
00:27 seen alive by his wife. At approximately 10:30 PM on August
00:32 10 2014. When she retired for the evening in a room
00:36 in the home. Mr. Williams personal assistant became concerned at approximately
00:41 11:45. AM when he failed to respond. To knocks on his
00:45 bedroom door. At that time the personal assistant was able to
00:49 gain access to mr. williams' bedroom. And entered the veteran to
00:53 find mr. William. Close in a seated position. And responsive. With
00:58 a belt secured around his neck with the other end of
01:01 the belt wedged between the clause the clothes closet door and
01:05 the door frank. The inside of mr. Williams left wrist had
01:09 several acute superficial transverse cuts. -- pocket knife with a close
01:13 -- was located in close proximity to mr. Williams. The forensic
01:17 examination. Conducted by doctor Joseph Cohen who is the sheriff's office
01:22 -- -- -- chief forensic pathologist. Did not reveal any injuries
01:27 indicating mr. Williams had been a struggle. Or physical altercation prior
01:31 to him being located deceased. The preliminary and I against a
01:35 preliminary results of the forensic examination. Revealed supporting physical signs that
01:41 mr. Williams life ended from a -- due to hanging. Toxicology
01:46 testing will be conducted to determine if mr. Williams had any
01:49 chemical substances. In his system at the time of his death.
01:53 Worked the corners office is not complete at this time. The
01:56 final cause and manner of death will not be certified until
02:00 the conclusion of the investigation which is several weeks away.