Robin Williams’ suicide in August was a result of dementia and hallucinations brought on by Lewy Body Dementia coupled with the medication he was taking for his Parkinson’s, according to a new report. So sad.
Robin Williams may have been suffering more than we realized. When the actor committed suicide on August 11 at the age of 64, he was reportedly suffering from Lewy Body Dementia. The condition, coupled with his Parksinon’s and the medication he was taking to combat it, causes hallucinations.
Robin Williams’ Suicide: Took His Life Over Parkinson’s-Induced Hallucinations
Documents obtained by TMZ show that Robin was suffering from Lewy Body Dementia, and as the outlet reports, the disease “is marked by abnormal protein deposits in the brain that disrupt normal function.”
Lewy Body Dementia is commonly associated with Parkinson’s disease, and exacerbated by Parkinson’s medication. At the time of his suicide, Robin may have been suffering hallucinations like “phantom objects, people or animals. The patients often try to converse with the illusions.” So sad.
Robin Williams ‘Had Been Complaining About The Meds And The Way They Made Him Feel’
It’s not yet offically confirmed by the family whether Robin was indeed suffering the debilitating hallucinations often associated with Lewy Body Dementia, but his wife, Susan Schneider, reportedly told authorities that Robin “had been complaining about the meds and the way they made him feel.”
Furthermore, sources close to the family tell TMZ that they do believe that Robin’s Lewy Body Dementia was the “key factor” in his Aug. 11 suicide.
Our thoughts continue to go out to the Williams family as they recover from this terrible loss.
— Susan Johnson