Robin Williams’s widow, Susan Williams, appeared in an interview on ABC’s Good Morning America to speak out about the real cause of the famous comedian’s 2014 suicide Tuesday, Nov. 3.

Williams revealed that Robin committed suicide not because of depression as everybody believed, but rather Lewy body dementia (LBD), the second most common form of dementia after Alzheimer’s disease that affects about 1.4 million people in the United States each year. LBD is caused by the aggregation of normal proteins in the brain, forming clumps called Lewy bodies, as the name of the disorder implies, that severely affect the brain’s ability to transmit signals. The symptoms of LBD include, but not limited to, hallucinations, memory loss, confusion, reduced attention span, mobility impairment and depression, though the latter is not a major symptom.

Links:

http://www.cnn.com/2015/11/03/health/robin-williams-widow-susan-williams/index.html

http://www.people.com/article/robin-williams-widow-susan-williams-people

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