Legendary actor/ comedian/ activist Robin Williams died due to asphyxia from hanging, law enforcement sources are confirming based on forensic evidence.

“Preliminary results of the forensic examination revealed supporting physical signs that Mr. Williams’ life ended from asphyxia due to hanging,” said Keith Boyd, chief deputy coroner for Marin County Sheriff’s Office.

The 63-year-old Academy Award-winning actor – a Hollywood icon for decades – was found dead in his Tiburon, California home on Monday.

According to police, Williams was last seen alive on Sunday evening at around 10:30 p.m. by his wife, Susan Schneider.

“Mr. Williams’ wife retired prior to Mr. Williams into a room in the home,” Boyd said. “It is not known exactly at this time when Mr. Williams retired for the evening but he went to a different room of the home.”

Schneider left the house the following morning, believing Williams to be asleep.  Hours later, though, his assistant found him in the room “suspended from the belt which was wedged between the door and the door frame in a seated position slightly suspended off the ground.”

According to his publicist, Williams had battled depression for some time – as well as alcoholism and drug addiction.


A native of Chicago, Illinois, Williams starred in dozens of films and television programs beginning in the late 1970s – rising to prominence as Mork, the goofy alien in the hit NBC sit-com Mork and Mindy .

Some of his notable movies included Good Morning Vietnam  (1987), Dead Poets Society  (1989), The Fisher King  (1991), Aladdin  (1992), Mrs. Doubtfire  (1993) and of course Good Will Hunting , the 1997 instant classic that earned him an Academy Award for best supporting actor.

Williams also led the Comic Relief effort on behalf of the homeless, and would frequently travel to entertain American servicemen and women.