Robin Williams: Lewy Body Dementia, Hallucinations Led To Suicide Death

Robin Williams Death Update: Details regarding Robin Williams’ death are still coming out. According to the latest report by TMZ, Robin Williams’ death was brought on by Lewy Body Dementia, also known as Dementia with Lewy Bodies. It had been confirmed weeks ago that the actor and comedian’s suicide death could be contributed to dementia.

Now, family members tell TMZ the specific cause of his death which left the star with abnormal proteins deposits in the nerves cells of the brain. The funny actor was also said to be suffering from hallucinations.

According to TMZ’s exclusive, Robin McLaurin Williams’ wife stated that the 63-year-old star had been complaining about the medicine that doctors instructed him to take, stating that the drugs were affecting the way he was feeling. Robin Williams, who had fought a long battle with drug and alcohol addiction, was also said to be suffering from depression, which doctors have linked to the development of most types of dementia.

Chicago, Illinois, native Robin Williams was found dead in his Paradise Cay home on August 11, 2014. The mode of death was suicide by hanging.

His devastated fans struggled for weeks to understand the cause surrounding his suicide. Last week, Inquisitr reported that Robin Williams’ autopsy report confirmed that there were no traces of drugs or alcohol in his system at the time of his death. The world’s funniest guy left behind his entire estate to wife, Susan Schneider, and his children. “Give my entire estate, in trust to the Robin Williams Trust,” was the exact wording left in Robin Williams’ will.

Not much was known about Lewy Body Dementia from the late 1990’s to the mid 2000’s. The latest understanding of the disease indicates that it is closely related to Parkinson’s and Alzheimers disease, according to the book The Encyclopedia of Alzheimer’s Disease by Carol Turkington, Deborah R. Mitchell.

A person who has developed Lewy Body Dementia, aka Lewy Bodies, will most likely have difficulties with slow movement, tremors, confusion, and problems with balance. A Lewy Body Dementia sufferer will also most likely have hallucinations. Doctors say that a genetic component could be what triggers the disease.

Some other celebrities who have died from the disease include, Casey Kasem and Golden Girl’s Estelle Getty. According to Celebrity Diagnosis, singer Amy Grant’s mother, Gloria Grant, was also diagnosed with the progressive brain disease.

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