No Alcohol or Drugs In Robin Williams' System During Suicide

By Victoria Kim 11/10/14

The Marin County Sheriff’s office confirmed last Friday that the actor-comedian was sober at the time of his death.

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No alcohol or illegal drugs were detected in Robin Williams’ body when he died in August, according to the results of the late actor’s autopsy released by the Marin County Sheriff’s office on Friday. The coroner ruled Williams’ death a suicide that resulted from asphyxia due to hanging.

The actor and comedian, famed for his roles in Mrs. Doubtfire and Good Will Hunting, had been struggling with depression, anxiety, and a recent Parkinson’s diagnosis, according to his wife, Susan Schneider.

Over the years, Williams had publicly acknowledged his struggle with substance abuse. “It waits. It lays in wait for the time when you think, ‘It’s fine now, I’m OK.’ Then, the next thing you know, it’s not OK,’” he told ABC’s Diane Sawyer in a 2006 interview. This past June, he had returned to rehab, not because he fell off the wagon, but to stay sober, according to People magazine. Schneider had said he was sober at the time of his suicide.

On the morning of August 11, Williams was found dead in his Northern California home by his personal assistant, who became concerned when the actor did not respond to his knocking on the door, according to authorities. When the assistant entered the room, he found that the 63-year-old Williams had hanged himself with a belt.

"As he is remembered, it is our hope the focus will not be on Robin's death, but on the countless moments of joy and laughter he gave to millions," Schneider said.

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