Robin Williams Had Lewy Body Dementia, Disease May Have Triggered Suicide
The late Oscar winner was suffering from Lewy Body Dementia, a condition commonly associated with Parkinson’s Disease, according to documents obtained by TMZ. Williams, 63, was said to had been experiencing severe side effects such as hallucinations caused by the medication he was taking.
Sources told TMZ that those close to Williams believe that Lewy Body Dementia was the “key factor” in what drove the comedian kill himself.
Lewy Body Dementia, which affects 1.3 million individuals in the United States alone, is marked by abnormal protein deposits in the brain that disrupt normal function.
Good Will Hunting actor was battling “early stages of Parkinson’s” when he committed suicide in August at his home in Tiburon, Calif. Williams’ official cause of death was asphyxia due from hanging.
“Robin’s sobriety was intact and he was brave as he struggled with his own battles of depression, anxiety as well as early stages of Parkinson’s Disease, which he was not yet ready to share publicly,” Schneider said in a statement at the time. “It is our hope in the wake of Robin’s tragic passing, that others will find the strength to seek the care and support they need to treat whatever battles they are facing so they may feel less afraid.”