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Coroner confirms Robin Williams committed suicide

LOS ANGELES: Comic actor Robin Williams committed suicide by hanging himself and had no alcohol or illicit drugs in his system, coroners said Friday, three months after his death.

The 63-year-old, known for high-energy, rapid-fire improvisation and clowning, was found dead on August 11 at his home in Marin County, north of San Francisco.

The coroner for Marin County, Robert T. Doyle, said Friday that the investigation into his death had concluded, giving the cause of death 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.

A few days after his death, Williams’ wife said her husband was suffering from depression and the early stages of Parkinson’s disease.

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- AFP

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