Robin Williams hanged himself, sheriff's officials say

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San Rafael, CA - Sheriff's officials said Tuesday Robin Williams committed suicide by hanging himself at his San Francisco Bay Area home.

Marin County Sheriff's Lieutenant Keith Boyd on Tuesday released details about the actor and comedian's death the day before at his Tiburon home.

Sheriff's officials said Monday a preliminary investigation determined the cause of death was suicide due to asphyxia.

"On August 11th, at approx. 11:55 a.m. received a 911 call about a male unconscious, male inside his residence, caller said suicide apparent hanging. Sheriff's office were dispatched. The male subject pronounced identified as Robin Williams. Williams had been seeking treatment for depression," Asst. Chief Deputy Coroner Lt. Keith Boyd said.

Williams was 63 and authorities say he was seeking treatment for depression. Williams' press representative Mara Buxbaum said the actor had been battling severe depression recently.

Just last month, Williams announced he was returning to a 12-step treatment program.

Coroner's officials say he was last seen alive at home around 10 p.m. Sunday.