Officials say law required them to release details about Robin Williams' suicide
This 1982 file photo originally released by Warner Bros. Pictures shows actor Robin Williams as T.S. Garp from the film, 'The World According to Garp.' (Warner Bros.)
The Associated Press
Published Thursday, August 14, 2014 7:09AM EDT
Last Updated Thursday, August 14, 2014 7:33AM EDT
SAN RAFAEL, Calif. - Sheriff's officials in the San Francisco Bay Area are defending 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.
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 said the level of detail was too much.
Boyd said the sheriff's office will likely also have to release the 911 call it received from Williams' home reporting his death.