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Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Robin Williams’ Widow Claims He Had Dementia Before Death

Robin-williamsSusan Schneider Williams, the widow of late actor Robin Williams, has claimed in a recent interview that Robin Williams had suffered from dementia in the days leading up to his tragic death.  In the interview Susan Williams claimed that Robin Williams had Lewy body dementia, which is the second-most-common type of dementia after Alzheimer’s disease.  She claims that the disease was taking its toll on the actor in the final months of his life as he was experiencing heightened levels of anxiety, delusions and impaired movement.  About 1.3 million people struggle with Lewy body dementia.  The disease was named after Dr. Friedrich Heinrich Lewy, the scientist who is known for identifying these protein deposits in the brain that are related to the disease. 

See Robin Williams’ widow says actor had dementia before suicide, San Francisco Gate, November 3, 2015.

Special thanks to Joel Dobris (Professor of Law, UC Davis School of Law) for bringing this article to my attention.


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