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article imageRobin Williams suicide: Autopsy finds no drugs or booze involved

By Marcus Hondro     Nov 7, 2014 in Entertainment
The coroner in Marin County, Calif. released the results of an autopsy on the late-actor and comic Robin Williams today and said there were no illegal drugs and no alcohol found in his system. Williams committed suicide on August 11.
Sixty-three at the time he died, Williams' death is attributed to asphyxia from hanging himself. He died in his home in Paradise Cay, California on the morning of the 11th. It is believed Mr. Williams hung himself with a belt.
The coroner said any levels of prescription drugs in his system at the time of his death were of a therapeutic level. The prescription drugs in his system were for the treatment of Parkinson's Disease, anxiety and depression, tests revealed. His family has said that he suffered from all three.
Robin Williams and stand-up comedy
At different times, Mr. Williams did suffer from active addiction to booze and drugs and it is often attributed to the fast pace and competitive nature of his profession, and the anxiety of constant performing. He said that the nature of performing comedy, especially stand-up, which he did before getting his big-break in acting and at times afterwards, took its toll on all of them.
"It's a brutal field, man," he once said of comedy and comics. "They burn out. It takes its toll. Plus, the lifestyle—partying, drinking, drugs. If you're on the road, it's even more brutal. You gotta come back down to mellow your ass out, and then performing takes you back up. They flame out because it comes and goes.
"Suddenly they're hot, and then somebody else is hot. Sometimes they get very bitter. Sometimes they just give up. Sometimes they have a revival thing and they come back again. Sometimes they snap. The pressure kicks in. You become obsessed and then you lose that focus that you need."
He is survived by his wife and three children from two previous marriages.
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