Robin Williams found with belt around his neck; Preliminary cause of death ruled suicide by asphyxia

Williams found by a personal assistant

SAN RAFAEL, Calif. - Sheriff's officials say Robin Williams' personal assistant found him with a belt around his neck at his San Francisco Bay Area home.

Marin County Sheriff's Lt. Keith Boyd also said Tuesday that superficial cuts were found on Williams' wrist and a pocket knife was found nearby.

Coroner's officials say he was last seen alive at home around 10:30 p.m. Sunday.

"Mr. Williams' personal assistant became concerned at approximately 11:45 a.m. (Monday) when he failed to respond to knocks on his bedroom door," Boyd said. "At that time, the assistant gained access to Mr. Williams' bedroom and entered the bedroom to find Mr. Williams clothed, in a seated position, unresponsive, with a belt secured around his neck."

Toxicology results on whether Williams had any drugs or alcohol in his system are still weeks away.

Sheriff's officials said Monday a preliminary investigation determined the cause of death was suicide due to asphyxia. Williams was 63 and had suffered for years from periodic bouts of substance abuse and depression.

Williams' press representative Mara Buxbaum said the actor had been battling severe depression recently. Just last month, Williams announced he was returning to a 12-step treatment program.

If you or someone you know needs help, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

Denver fundraiser at Comedy Works for Robin Williams

In light of the recent news regarding the passing of comedic genius Robin Williams, Comedy Works is planning to host two fundraisers in his honor.

In response to the tragic loss of this comedic icon, Comedy Works said it believes that his memory can be best served by helping others suffering from depression and contemplating suicide. Therefore, 100 percent of the ticket sales will be donated to the Suicide Prevention Coalition of Colorado (SPCC). The SPCC was formed in 1999 with the mission to reduce suicide and its impact for all Coloradans through advocacy, collaboration and education.

A showcase of local Denver based comedians will perform at both Comedy Works locations on Thursday, Aug. 21. 

Sam Adams will headline Comedy Works South at the Landmark, while Boulder based comedian Nancy Norton will headline Comedy Works Downtown in Larimer Square.  

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