No Drugs or Alcohol in Robin Williams’ System, According to Autopsy

The world was shocked and saddened by beloved actor Robin Williams’ death on August 11, 2014.

Williams death was an apparent suicide, but until the autopsy reports came back, it was unclear whether drug or alcohol use played into his last moments.

Now, the report is back, and it doesn’t appear that drug or alcohol use fueled Williams’ suicide.

Robin Williams: No Drugs or Alcohol Involved in Death

According to the recently-released coroner’s report, Williams’ death is officially a suicide by asphyxia due to hanging. No amounts of alcohol or illegal drugs were in his system at the time of death.

Because Williams had publicly struggled with drug and alcohol abuse in the past, many people wondered whether substance abuse ultimately played a role in his demise. Now, it seems his sobriety was indeed in tact.

Williams’ Ties to Depression & Substance Abuse

There were some legal medications in Williams’ system at the time of his death, though — two prescribed anti-depressants, both in “therapeutic concentrations.”

Like many others, Williams struggled with both depression and substance abuse throughout his career. Depression is often accompanied by addiction and vice versa, a condition known as comorbidity. We can only hope that Williams’ tragic death has shed more light on comorbidity and the need for more support for addiction and mental health issues.

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