Rebecca Erwin Spencer, Assistant to Robin Williams, Reportedly Found His Body

Rigor mortis had already set in by the time Robin Williams’ body was discovered on Monday morning by longtime assistant, Rebecca Erwin Spencer.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the Marin County sheriff’s office said that his body was “cool to the touch” when it was discovered.

Williams is believed to have committed suicide by hanging himself.

On Thursday, RadarOnline.com reported that Williams spent 18 hours per day sleeping in a dark bedroom. He committed suicide in the same bedroom, the website said, citing sources close to the matter.

“His bedroom had blackout curtains, because Robin didn’t want light in his bedroom,” the source was quoted as saying.

Before his death, the source revealed that he could barely climb out of bed.

“I’m sure they’re devastated,” a told the New York Daily News about his friends and family. “Everybody is talking about it. It’s too bad. . . . I don’t know what’s going to happen to them.”

The Associated Press

Sheriff defends release of Williams’ death details 

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Sheriff’s officials in the San Francisco Bay Area defended their decision to release details about how actor Robin Williams killed himself, saying state law requires they be disclosed to the public.

Marin County Sheriff’s Lt. Keith Boyd said in an email Wednesday that the agency would have liked to withhold some of the information, but could not under the California Public Records Act.

“These kinds of cases, whether they garner national attention or not, are very difficult for everyone involved,” Boyd said. “Frankly, it would have been our personal preference to withhold a lot of what we disclosed to the press yesterday, but the California Public Records Act does not give us that kind of latitude.”

Boyd announced during a live, televised news conference Tuesday that Williams committed suicide by hanging himself. He described in detail how Williams carried out the suicide and the condition of the body. Some people criticized the level of detail, and experts in suicide prevention said the information could influence those considering suicide to try the same thing.

“Having that amount of detail is not helpful” said Lyn Morris, vice president of clinical operations at Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services, which runs the main suicide prevention hotline in Southern California. “The contagion effect is real, and it’s worrisome.”

Boyd said the sheriff’s office is discussing with the county’s attorney possible exemptions to the public record’s act that would allow it to withhold the 911 call it received from Williams’ home and fire dispatch tapes. But Boyd said the agency would likely have to release them within ten days, as required by law.

Free speech groups defended the disclosures as appropriate and said the law enforcement agency was responding to a crush of a requests for information required to be disclosed.

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