Robin Williams Coroner Report: Suffered from Paranoia and Depression

Robin Williams’ full coroner’s report was released on Friday. The legendary comedian and actor committed suicide Aug. 11 by hanging himself with a belt in his Marin County home.

Robin was sober when he died, but there were psych meds and caffeine compounds found in his system, according to TMZ which has a link to the full report.

Robin Williams was struggling with his Parkinson’s, anxiety, depression and paranoia just before he committed suicide … this according the Coroner’s report.

The paranoia has not been previously reported. According to the report — obtained by TMZ — the night before Robin died, he placed several wristwatches in a sock and gave them to someone because he was worried about their safe keeping.

Williams had 4 drugs in his system — 2 anti-depressants, 2 caffeine compounds, (listed as a drug). The Coroner’s report confirms what we were told by various people … Williams was sober at the time of death.

When authorities found Robin’s body … they saw a closed bottle of Seroquel, a drug that treats schizophrenia, bipolar disorders and depression. It was prescribed a week before he died.

Robin was facing a host of physical an mental illnesses at the time of his death. The thing about psych meds, is that it can take awhile before the doctors arrive at the right meds at the right doses for a patient. Treating mental illness, unfortunately, isn’t about prescribing medicine and sending a patient home.

Robin had also attempted to cut his wrists with a pocket knife.  The authorities had found a damp, white washcloth on the bathroom sink with a reddish substance on it–possibly blood.

Also, according to the report, authorities asked Robin’s wife if he was into autoerotica. She said he wasn’t, but that he worked on a movie several years ago in which the character who played Robin’s son died of autoerotica, and the scene was “very difficult and emotional for Mr. Williams.”

The night before he died, Robin’s wife said he seemed ok … he had been rummaging through their closet and grabbed his iPad, which she thought was a good sign because he hadn’t even watched TV or read anything in approximately 6 months … which presumably is a manifestation of depression.

As for what Robin was looking at on his iPad … the web browser had several tabs open to websites discussing medications, including Lyrica — a seizure Rx — and propranolol — which treats blood pressure and tremors.

She says the last time she saw him — at around 10:30 PM Sunday, she described his demeanor as “excited.”

As for why Robin and his wife were in separate bedrooms, she told authorities he had been having trouble sleeping and would move around a lot in bed and talk loudly in his sleep.

Before Robin’s body was removed from the house, his wife wanted to see him. The sheets were pulled back and she prayed over the body. The Sheriff’s deputies joined her.

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  1. So sad… I might have experienced myself some sort of depression, a bit of anxiety, a bit of paranoia but never all at once and in big quantities… Seems so overwhelming.. I just can’t imagine it.. Must be hard for his family as well…. RIP Robin Williams….

  2. This would be a sad outcome for anybody, but especially so for somebody like Robin who had so many of the things others never manage to attain. But who knows what goes on inside people’s heads and what private demons they may be fighting? When I first heard Robin had killed himself, I remembered the poem “Richard Cory” by Edwin Arlington Robinson. Robinson’s descriptions of Cory don’t remind me so much of Robin, but the spirit of poem does:

    Whenever Richard Cory went down town,
    We people on the pavement looked at him:
    He was a gentleman from sole to crown,
    Clean favored, and imperially slim.

    And he was always quietly arrayed,
    And he was always human when he talked;
    But still he fluttered pulses when he said,
    “Good-morning,” and he glittered when he walked.

    And he was rich – yes, richer than a king –
    And admirably schooled in every grace:
    In fine, we thought that he was everything
    To make us wish that we were in his place.

    So on we worked, and waited for the light,
    And went without the meat, and cursed the bread;
    And Richard Cory, one calm summer night,
    Went home and put a bullet through his head.

  3. Depresion itself is such a complex disease for anyone to understand who does not experience it themselves. Though clearly, his maladies went beyond depression. Do wonder if he should have been on antipsychotics long ago or neuroleptics, and not only anti-depressants. I imagine the poor guy had an episode –or a break– and they finally prescribed the Seroquel. Too late it seems. :(

    At Uni I volunteered as a peer counselor, and one of the things they taught us in training is that the majority of people (they were all student undergrads we counseled) who attempt suicide first time (and are unsuccessful), later are happy they were unsuccessful in their attempts. This was always a bit reassuring to me. It’s a bit sad to think about that in Mr. William’s case.

  4. Unfortunately, getting on new meds is a very high-risk time.

    Wonder if he was “excited” the night before because he’d made his decision. I’ve seen that happen a couple of times — been one of the ones who missed it as a sign. (… also missed the sign of having precious possessions bestowed on me and others as gifts — When you’re right next to these things blindness almost seems inevitable, no matter how much you consciously “know” about the signs — something wipes that knowledge right away from you, for some reason … Hope his wife isn’t having to look back too much on that sort of thing, but I’m pretty sure she is…)

    He was very tired of feeling hellishly tired and hellishly hellish, and afraid of the additional hell that seemed yet to come, I expect. It was in his mind for quite a while, it seems.

  5. One of the little discussed side-effects of some anti-depressents is suicide. It can come on suddenly, like an avalanche. I had that kind of side-effect happen to me, actually. Luckily I recognized it for what it was – artificially induced ideation. I called a friend and stayed on the phone with her until the med had left my system and I felt safe. It was terrifying. I cannot help but wonder if the same thing happened to Williams.

  6. Everything about his death saddens me still. As a health care provider who has worked with literally hundreds of Parkinson’s patients, I have seen so many develop a Parkinson’s Dementia which has paranoia as a hallmark symptom. They are given Seroquel quite often.

    I just don’t want to judge him, or any of his health care providers. We don’t have enough information, and it is obvious that he was sicker than anyone in the public knew.

    With his background of depression, combined with his new diagnosis of Parkinson’s, and new meds, he was likely overwhelmed with problems. Just so sad, such a loss.

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