Lieutenant Keith Boyd made the announcement today in San Rafael, California, confirming that the late actor was found with a belt around his neck that was wedged between a closet door and the door frame. He was found by his personal assistant, who gained access to his bedroom when he wouldn't respond to knocks on his door. When the assistant found him, he was already cold to the touch and rigor mortise had already set in.
Medical personnel also found "acute cuts" on the inside of his left wrist, and a pocket knife nearby which had a "dry red material" on it, but those cuts were not the cause of death, which was determined to be asphyxia. The actor had been receiving treatment for depression, but Keith Boyd would not elaborate further, citing the late actor's right to privacy.
The 911 call was made at 11:55 AM by a "distraught person" who indicated an apparent suicide by hanging. An emergency crew arrived at noon, and the actor was pronounced dead at 12:02 PM. He was last seen alive at 10:30 PM on Sunday evening, when his wife retired for the evening. It was unknown when the actor went to his bedroom, but his wife left the house at 10:30 AM yesterday morning, believing he was still asleep. There were no signs of struggle or altercation, but it was unknown if the actor had any chemicals or substances at the time of his death. A toxicology report will take between two and six weeks.