Robin Williams' death confirmed as suicide by Police

The comedian and actor died of asphyxia by hanging at home in California

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Robin Williams
Further details surrounding the death of Robin Williams have been revealed, with Police in California confirming it was suicide.

Reuters reports that the actor and comedian committed suicide by hanging. A coroner states that based on preliminary findings, Williams died by asphyxia on Monday (August 11).

Keith Boyd, Marin County's assistant chief deputy coroner, told a press conference: "Mr Williams' personal assistant became concerned at approximately 11:45 am when he failed to respond to knocks on his bedroom door. His right shoulder area was touching the door with his body perpendicular to the door and slightly suspended. Mr Williams at that time was cool to the touch with rigor mortis present in his body."

It is said that a pocket knife was found near the star, and dried blood on his wrists matched blood on the blade. A full toxicology report will take a number of weeks. Boyd would not comment on if a suicide note was found with the body. Williams had been open about his battles with severe depression, alcohol and drugs.

News of his death has been met with a huge amount of tributes. President Obama said: "He gave his immeasurable talent freely and generously to those who needed it most - from our troops stationed abroad to the marginalised on our own streets."

Tributes have poured in from elsewhere in Hollywood and from the music world.

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