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Blog Correction: Robin Williams’ Cause of Death

I recently watched Robin’s Wish on Amazon Prime Video. It’s a touching documentary about his life, his loves and the run up to his suicide.

The documentary revealed that Robin Williams was suffering with undiagnosed Dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB) at the time he chose to take his own life. This form of dementia has no cure and causes massive symptoms including:

  • Insomnia & Exhaustion.
  • Anxiety & Depression.
  • Hallucinations.
  • Problems with control of movement.
  • Problems with thinking and memory.
  • Confusion.
  • Slowed thinking speed.
  • Falls and fainting.

If you are concerned that you or someone you love may have DLB, please see your GP.

In my 2014 blog post titled: Robin Williams Tribute Video & My Thoughts About Poor Mental Health, I wrongly listed his cause of death as being suicide due to severe depression. This was the best available information at the time, however this was wrong and I would like to correct it to: suicide caused by undiagnosed Dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB).

The revelation that Robin Williams was suffering with Dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB) only came months after his death, when his autopsy results became available.

However I would like to sincerely apologise to anyone who may have been affected by this incorrect information. I am pleased to be able to correct it here and link the original post to this one.

Best Wishes,

Antony

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