/LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Oscar-winning actor and groundbreaking comedian Robin Williams hanged himself with a belt in his Northern California home after he had sought treatment for depression, a coroner said on Tuesday, based on preliminary findings.
Williams, 63, was found dead by his personal assistant at midday on Monday in a bedroom. He was suspended from a belt wedged between a closet door and a door frame, in a seated position just off the ground, Marin County’s assistant chief deputy coroner, Keith Boyd, told a news conference.
By Ann Saphir
SAN RAFAEL Calif. (Reuters) – Comedians, politicians and several generations of fans collectively mourned on Tuesday the death of Robin Williams, the actor famous for his frenetic and freewheeling comedy whose apparent suicide at age 63 prompted an outpouring of tributes.
Hollywood actors and Washington leaders alike declared themselves heartbroken by Williams’ death on Monday at his home near Tiburon, north of San Francisco, where he was discovered unconscious and not breathing on Monday. He had been suffering from severe depression recently, his publicist said.