REPORT: Robin Williams Cremated A Day After Committing Suicide

Multiple sites are reporting that Robin Williams was cremated just one day after he was found dead inside his home. RadarOnline obtained a copy of his death certificate, which states, “Williams was cremated and his ashes were scattered in the San Francisco Bay just one day after his death, on August 12.”

Another interesting note, the certificate also lists the 63-year-old’s cause of death as “pending investigation.” So, how did RadarOnline obtain a copy of Robin’s death certificate? California law states only authorized persons may receive authorized certified copies of death records (e.g., children of the deceased, parents, attorneys, etc.)

Marin County’s division of records website states the following,


“Those who are not authorized to receive an authorized certified copy will receive a certified copy marked ‘Informational, not a valid document to establish identity.”

However, Richard N. Benson (the man who signed RadarOnline’s copy) does appear in the county’s directory. After Radar’s report, TMZ, Us Weekly, Extra and E! News have confirmed the news.

As most of you know, Williams’ wife Susan Schneider revealed a few days after his death that her husband was recently diagnosed with the early stages of Parkinson’s disease. She also claims Robin had been completely sober before taking his own life.

Be sure to watch the Emmys ceremony on NBC Monday, August 25. There will be a special segment honoring the late actor.