Robin Williams's Autopsy Found No Illegal Drugs or Alcohol
The death of Robin Williams was ruled a suicide that resulted from asphyxia due to hanging, the coroner in Marin County, California, said Friday.
No alcohol or illegal drugs were found in the actor's body at the time of his death, according to the coroner. This confirms Williams's sobriety was intact, as he had publicly acknowledged struggles with substance abuse in the past. (He entered a rehab program shortly before his death, but it was not for a relapse.)
The autoposy results also showed that Williams had taken prescription medications (including two anti-depressants), but in "therapeutic concentrations."
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The legendary comedian had been struggling with depression, anxiety, and a recent diagnosis of Parkinson's disease. However, the latest report also revealed Robin suffered from paranoia. According to his late wife, Susan Schneider, his anxiety and paranoia had increased in the last year. For example, the night before he died, Robin placed several wristwatches in a sock and gave them to someone for safekeeping.
The report details Schneider's account of Robin the night before he passed away. Susan explained that they were sleeping in separate rooms as Robin was restless due to his condition. On Sunday night, he came into their room to grab his iPad around 10:30 p.m., which Susan took to mean he was in a good mood and was going to read or watch TV, something he hadn't done in six months. She even described his demeanor as "excited."
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On Aug. 11, Robin was found suspended from a belt by his assistant around 11:45 a.m. The actor was cremated and his ashes were scattered in the San Francisco Bay one day later.
Williams is survived by his wife and three children from previous marriages: Zak, 31, Zelda, 25, and Cody, 22.