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Official: Robin Williams hanged himself with belt

Tuesday - 8/12/2014, 4:21pm  ET

SAN RAFAEL, Calif. (AP) -- Sheriff's officials near San Francisco say Robin Williams committed suicide by hanging himself with a belt at his home.

A sheriff's lieutenant says Williams' personal assistant found the actor yesterday in a bedroom at Williams' home. Williams also had superficial cuts on his wrist, and a pocketknife was found nearby.

According to Sheriff's Lt. Keith Boyd, Williams had been seeking treatment for depression. Boyd isn't saying whether Williams left a suicide note.

The actor's wife had last seen him the night before, and had left the home that morning thinking he was still asleep. Williams' personal assistant later came to the home and became concerned when he knocked on the door and got no response.

It will take weeks to get the results of toxicology tests on whether Williams had any drugs or alcohol in his system.

Fans and friends have been leaving bouquets, candles and personal notes in front of the locked gates of the home. Neighbors say he had lived in the quiet, waterfront neighborhood for eight years, and that he was friendly and approachable.

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175-a-11-(Lieutenant Keith Boyd, assistant chief deputy coroner, Marin (muh-RIHN') County Sheriff's Department, at news conference)-"due to hanging"-Marin County Sheriff's Department Lieutenant Keith Boyd says investigators believe Robin Williams hanged himself. (12 Aug 2014)

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179-a-07-(Lieutenant Keith Boyd, assistant chief deputy coroner, Marin (muh-RIHN') County Sheriff's Department, at news conference)-"of his death"-Marin County Sheriff's Department Lieutenant Keith Boyd says authorities will check to see if drugs or alcohol played a role in Robin Williams' death. (12 Aug 2014)

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176-a-18-(Lieutenant Keith Boyd, assistant chief deputy coroner, Marin (muh-RIHN') County Sheriff's Department, at news conference)-"and the doorframe"-Marin County Sheriff's Department Lieutenant Keith Boyd says Robin Williams' personal assistant found Williams after being concerned that he had not answered knocks on his bedroom door. (12 Aug 2014)

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APPHOTO CAJC108: Lt. Keith Boyd, assistant chief deputy coroner for the Marin County Sheriff's Office, speaks at a news conference about the death of Robin Williams in San Rafael, Calif., Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014. Boyd said Tuesday that Williams killed himself by hanging at his San Francisco-area home. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu) (12 Aug 2014)

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APPHOTO SPANCAGN104: Un chico deja un ramo de flores frente a la entrada principal de la casa de Robin Williams en Tiburón, California, el lunes 11 de agosto del 2014. Williams murió el lunes a los 63 años. Las autoridades determinaron que se suicidó ahorcándose en su casa, en el área de la bahía de San Francisco. (AP Foto/George Nikitin) (11 Aug 2014)

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