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He also confirmed that Williams had been suffering from depression and the coroner's office would be investigating his medical history.

He also confirmed that Williams had been suffering from depression and the coroner's office would be investigating his medical history.

Mr Boyd said he would not be discussing "the note" or "a note" as the investigation is on-going.

Toxicology results will not be available for two to six weeks to allow for full tests to be carried out, and Mr Boyd said the final cause and manner of the death would not be certified until the conclusion of the investigation.

Williams had not suffered any injuries that suggested he had been "in a struggle or altercation", Mr Boyd added.

He said emergency services in Marin County received a call yesterday at 11.55am reporting that a man had been found unconscious and not breathing at an address in the town of Tiburon, California.

Mr Boyd said: "The caller was distraught and indicated at that time there was an apparent suicide due to a hanging had taken place."

He added: "The preliminary results of the forensic examination revealed supporting physical signs that Mr Williams' life ended from asphyxia due to hanging.

"Toxicology testing will be conducted to determine if Mr Williams had any chemical substances in his system at the time of his death. Toxicology results will not be available to approximately two to six weeks while the testing is being performed.

"Please note that this is an active investigation into the cause, manner and circumstances of Mr Williams' death."

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