Robin Williams' Autopsy Report Has One Heartbreaking Surprise

Robin WilliamsIt's been almost three months since the tragic death of beloved actor Robin Williams. On Friday, November 7, the Marin County Sheriff's Office Coroner Division released his autopsy results, with the cause of death determined to be asphyxia by hanging, due to or as a consequence of suicide.

It was also revealed that he had four (legal) drugs in his system -- two anti-depressants and two caffeine compounds -- but was sober at the time of death. It also showed that in addition to battling depression and the early stages of Parkinson's Disease, the Oscar winner was also suffering from anxiety and paranoia. The paranoia has been previously reported on.


When Williams' body was found, authorities found a closed bottle of Seroquel, a drug commonly used to treat schizophrenia, bipolar disorders and depression. It had been prescribed the week before his death.

The coroner's report also detailed some bizarre behavior by the 63-year-old the night before he died. According the documents obtained by TMZ, "he placed several wristwatches in a sock and gave them to someone because he was worried about their safe keeping."

Shortly after his death, his wife Susan Schneider revealed that Williams was in the early stages of Parkinson's, and the report confirms that he had been experiencing symptoms since 2011. Movement in his left hand had slowed, and he had developed a tremor in his left arm, and he had recently started taking levodopa to treat it.

At the time of the suicide, police asked Schneider if Williams had been into autoerotica, but she said he was not. She also said that he had been on a movie years ago (World's Greatest Dad) in which his character's son died of autoerotica, and that the scene was "very difficult and emotional for Mr. Williams."

She also reported "excited" and unusual behavior the night before he died. He picked up the iPad, which she had taken for a good sign, as he hadn't watched TV or read anything for about six months, likely due to his depression. Authorities investigating the web browser reported "several tabs open to websites discussing medications, including Lyrica -- a seizure Rx -- and propranolol -- which treats blood pressure and tremors."

This whole situation is so awful and sad, and now that the official report has been released, it is obvious that Williams was not in his right frame of mind. Why give someone his watches in an oddball way, and then act excited, looks up ways to treat his Parkinson's, and then decide to end it all? At what point did he decide that life wasn't worth living anymore?

Sadly, we'll never know the answer to that -- just that he was a man struggling with many demons.

Are you surprised to hear that Robin Williams was paranoid at the end of his life?

If you need help, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. They're there for you.


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