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Robin Williams had been receiving treatment for depression

Williams’ death has preliminarily been ruled a suicide.

ROBIN WILLIAMS HAD been receiving treatment for depression and took his own life by hanging himself, it has been confirmed.

Marin County Sheriff spokesperson Lt Keith Boyd said that the 63-year-old Academy Award winning actor was last seen alive by his wife late on Sunday evening.

He was found dead in his home at around noon yesterday by his personal assistant.

The assistant then dialled 911. He was pronounced dead moments later by paramedics.

Superficial cuts were found along the actor’s left wrist, but Boyd said they were not a cause of death.

Lt Boyd said that toxicology results will be available in two to six weeks.

Williams suffered from “severe depression” prior to his death, his publicist Mara Buxbaum said.

The actor had periodic bouts of substance abuse and depression for years. Just last month, Williams announced he was returning to a 12-step treatment program.

Robin Williams

Tributes on Williams' star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Source: AP/Press Association Images

Fans turned William’s star along Hollywood’s Walk of Fame and a park bench in Boston that featured in “Good Will Hunting” into miniature shrines in his honour.

And radio stations across the United States played Williams’ “Good Morning Vietnam” wake-up holler on their rush-hour shows.

Helplines

  • Console 1800 247 247 – (suicide prevention, self-harm, bereavement)

  • Aware 1890 303 302 (depression, anxiety)

  • Pieta House 01 601 0000 or email mary@pieta.ie - (suicide, self-harm, bereavement)

  • Teen-Line Ireland 1800 833 634 (for ages 13 to 19)

  • Childline 1800 66 66 66 (for under 18s)

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