Robin Williams paranoid before suicide – coroner

2014-11-08 09:53

Los Angeles – Robin Williams had recently become increasingly paranoid when he committed suicide by hanging himself, coroners said yesterday, adding that he had no alcohol or illicit drugs in his system.

There were also signs that the comic actor – who had recently been diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease – had tried to cut his left wrist, according to an autopsy report.

No suicide note or other indication that he planned to take his own life was found at the scene, it said.

The 63-year-old was found dead on August 11 at his home in Marin County, north of San Francisco.

The coroner for Marin County, Robert Doyle, said the investigation into his death had concluded, giving the cause as “asphyxia due to hanging” and the manner of death as “suicide.”

“Toxicological evaluation revealed the absence of alcohol or illicit drugs. Prescription medications were detected in therapeutic concentrations,” it added in a brief statement.

“His prior medical history reportedly included depression, Parkinson’s Disease and a recent increase in paranoia,” said a longer coroners’ report, which was obtained by AFP.

The report included other details about Williams’ medical history, including that he had shown symptoms of Parkinson’s since 2011, including a left arm tremor and slowing of left hand movements. He was diagnosed with the disease in November 2013.

“The clinical history is notable for depression, with components of paranoia, compulsiveness and anxiety,” it said.

The report gave a detailed description of how Williams’ body was found hanging by a belt from a closet door in his stepson’s bedroom. It noted that a pocket knife with a 7.5-centimetre blade was found near the body.

“Several superficial vertical and horizontal cuts were seen over the inner aspect of the left wrist; these wounds had a scant amount of blood present,” the report said.

Williams had been sleeping separately from his wife partly because he talked in his sleep, sometimes very loudly, it said.

Williams, an Oscar-winner and veteran of movies, stand-up shows and hit television series, was one of Hollywood’s most popular entertainers and his death triggered an outpouring of emotion the world over.

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