(Capcom's primary storyline)
Robert was an Umbrella employee assigned to the Arklay Laboratory complex in 1998. During the t-Virus leak at the facility, Robert was infected and later killed by a friend of his to prevent his transformation into a zombie, hanging himself as Robert lay submerged in a dormitory bathroom.
Searching through the Room 001 Bathroom, the player will be given the option to drain the bathtub to search it. It will reveal that Robert's transformation was not prevented.