Robin Williams was suffering from “Lewy Body Dementia,” a neurodegenerative disease, which led to the 63-year-old comedian’s suicide, TMZ reported Tuesday, citing sources close to his family. The legendary entertainer was found dead on Aug. 11 at his home in northern California.

November 11, 2014 10:31 AM

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Robin Williams was suffering from “Lewy Body Dementia,” a neurodegenerative disease, which led to the 63-year-old comedian’s suicide, TMZ reported Tuesday, citing sources close to his family. The legendary entertainer was found dead on Aug. 11 at his home in northern California.

The report stated that Williams was struggling with the disease, which was the “key factor” that led to his untimely death. "Lewy Body Dementia" is a type of dementia closely linked with Parkinson’s disease. The disease reportedly disrupts the normal functioning of the human brain with deposits of abnormal proteins. Sources reportedly said that Williams' doctors had agreed that "Lewy Body Dementia" was a factor leading to his suicide.

"The central features of DLB include progressive cognitive decline, 'fluctuations' in alertness and attention, visual hallucinations, and parkinsonian motor symptoms, such as slowness of movement, difficulty walking, or rigidity," according to a definition of "dementia with Lewy bodies" from the Nat...

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