Officials Recap Last Moments of Robin Williams' Life

Robin Williams' wife last saw her husband Sunday about 10:30 p.m.

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    Actor and comedian Robin Williams poses during a press tour promoting his new movie "License To Wed" in Santa Monica, Calif., Friday, June 15, 2007. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

    On Tuesday, the Marin County Sheriff's Department shared what millions around the world wanted to know - what happened in the final moments of life for actor and comedian Robin Williams.

    Speaking to a bank of reporters, Lt. Keith Boyd said Williams' body was found a day earlier in his Tiburon home about 11:45 a.m. by his personal assistant.

    Evidence at the scene indicated that Williams had hung himself although his left wrist had several lacerations and a pocketknife was found in a bedroom nearby, officials said.

    Boyd stressed the findings were preliminary, and he would not discuss whether the 63-year-old actor who battled depression had left a note. He also did not know if Williams had taken any drugs or alcohol before he committed "suicide by asphyxia." That information won't be known until a toxicology report is returned.

    Boyd recounted a brief timeline of events that led to the shocking discovery.

    Williams' wife, Susan Schneider, last saw her husband Sunday about 10:30 p.m. She retired to one room to go to sleep, and he went into another, Boyd said. That was the last time anyone saw him alive.

    It wasn't until the next morning at 11:45 a.m., that Williams' personal assistant tried knocking on a bedroom door. There was no response, Boyd said. When the assistant went in, she discovered Williams' body, which Boyd described as "cold to the touch" as rigamortis had set in. She called 911 at 11:55 a.m. and was "distraught," Boyd said.

    Boyd said it's unknown at this point exactly what time Williams killed himself, but the actor was pronounced dead on Monday at 12:02 p.m.
     

    Williams' publicist issued a statement Monday saying her client had been battling depression lately. It was well known that he had persistent battles with drug addiction, as he often made light of his cocaine use during his 1980s standup routines.

    Williams returned to rehab last month, not because he relapsed. But because, he said, he wanted to make sure his recovery stuck.