The autopsy of the late actor Robin Williams has returned a finding that neither alcohol nor drugs were in his system at the time of his death. In a statement upon the conclusion of the investigation, the Marin County Coroner’s Office officially ruled that his death was a suicide by hanging.

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Robin Williams' autopsy reveals that was clean of alcohol and drugs when he committed suicide

Williams was found dead at his home by his personal assistant in North California on August 11th at the age of 63. His death had preliminarily been declared as a suicide, but in a statement at the time by his representative revealed that Williams had been suffering from “severe depression” in the days before.

His wife Susan Schneider later stated that “he struggled with his own battles of depression, anxiety, as well as early stages of Parkinson’s Disease, which he was not yet ready to share publicly.” She also said, however, that Williams had been clean of alcohol and drugs at the time.

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The Coroner’s Office statement went on to cite the results of the toxicology tests, which found that Williams had taken “therapeutic concentrations” of prescription medications. Sheriff’s Deputy Stewart Cowan finished by stating that his office would not be releasing further details of the report.

The announcement of the fondly remembered actor’s death shocked the world, with tributes pouring from fans all over the world and from all quarters of the entertainment industry. Arguably his best remembered movie role was his portrayal of an irreverent DJ broadcasting to the Armed Forces during the Vietnam war.

As well as his glittering film career, during which he won an Oscar for Good Will Hunting and was nominated for three more, he was also well-known for his improvisational skills as stand-up comic.

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