Robin Williams’ death was the result of asphyxiation by hanging, a representative for the Marin County Sheriff’s office confirms.

The 63-year-old comedian and actor was found dead at his home in Tiburon, California on Monday (11 August).

Assistant Deputy Chief Coroner Keith Boyd, following a post-mortem, has confirmed the cause of death and noted that Williams, 63, had been suffering from severe depression.

A final ruling will take place once toxicology reports are accounted for.

Williams’ wife Susan Schneider last saw her husband on Sunday evening and had left their home on Monday morning believing him to be asleep in another room.

At around noon, the star’s personal assistant became concerned after receiving no response to a number of knocks on his door and entered the room to discover his lifeless body.

Barack Obama led the tributes to Williams, stating that he “touched every element of the human spirit” throughout his career, while a statement released by Schneider read:

“I am utterly heartbroken. On behalf of Robin’s family, we are asking for privacy during our time of profound grief. As he is remembered, it is our hope the focus will not be on Robin’s death, but on the countless moments of joy and laughter he gave to millions.”

Williams is best known for starring in movies such as Good Morning Vietnam (1987), Dead Poets Society (1989), Mrs Doubtfire (1993) and Good Will Hunting (1997) for which he won an Oscar,  as well as featuring in all four series of ABC sitcom Mork & Mindy.

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