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Robin Williams Death Cause

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Although actor Robin Williams died by suicide, underlying cause of his death was a rare brain disease called Lewy Body Dementia, according to his widow. The disease caused Williams to experience hallucinations and other debilitating neurological symptoms, including depression, Susan Schneider Williams, widow of the late actor, told People magazine in a recent interview. An Autopsy released in 2014 confirmed that the actor had the disease, but this is the first time that his condition has been discussed in detail. It was not depression that killed Robin, Schneider Williams said in an interview. Depression was one of, let's call it 50 symptoms, and it was a small one. But whereas other Neurological Disorders are well know, few people have heard of Lewy Body Dementia. Though the disease can cause symptoms similar to those seen with Alzheimer's disease, Lewy Body Dementia is caused by abnormal buildup of different protein from one that is linked with Alzheimer's. Lewy Body Dementia was discovered in the early 1900s, when researcher Frederic Lewy, who worked in the laboratory of neurologist Alois Alzheimer, found abnormal buildup in brain tissue of Dementia patients. Today, disease affects 1. 4 million Americans, according to the Lewy Body Dementia Association. A 2013 study in the journal Archives of Neurology found that men are about twice as likely as women to develop the disease. Condition occur when lewy bodies, or clumps of protein called alpha synuclein, build up in the brain. No one knows why lewy bodies accumulate, but they are also found in the brains of people with Parkinson's disease, and in the brains of those with Alzheimer's. Lewy Body Dementia can cause visual hallucinations; rigid movements and motor problems similar to those found in people with Parkinson's disease; sleep disorders; anxiety; interruptions in ability to pay attention; and loss of memory, according to the National Institute on Neurological Disorders and Stroke. As in Williams case, disease can also fuel depression. Lewy Body Dementia can mimic other diseases, such as Parkinson's disease and Alzheimer's disease. Researchers are still trying to figure out how Parkinson's disease and Lewy Body Dementia may be relate. Although abnormal processing of alpha - synuclein plays a role in both diseases, Parkinson's disease seems to preferentially occur in the brain area called substantia nigra, almond - shaped region in the mid - brain responsible for reward, addiction and movement, whereas Lewy Body Dementia tends to occur more diffusely, throughout the brain, according to Alzheimer's Association. Still, up to 80 percent of Parkinson's patients go on to develop some type of Dementia, according to the Alzheimer's Association. Currently, if people develop a movement disorder known as Parkinsonism and then do not develop Dementia within a year, they are diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. If they do develop Dementia within a year, their condition is classified as Lewy Body Dementia, according to the Alzheimer's Association. There is no cure for Lewy Body Dementia, and the disease is progressive, meaning it gets worse over time.

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How did Robin Williams die?

Robin Williams Suicide continues to haunt, so much so that casting about for blame has settled on an unknown form of Dementia that may have caused hallucinations. On other hand, it may be that Williams ' chronic depression initially blame is what caused him to hang himself with a belt in his Tiburon, Calif., Home in August. The official cause of William's death, released Friday by the Marin County coroner, was ruled suicide by hanging, with no evidence of alcohol or illegal drugs in his system and only therapeutic concentrations of prescribed medications. Williams had a long battle with alcoholism, drug addiction and depression, but in November 2013 he was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, according to his widow, after noticing tremors in his left arm and difficulty moving on his left side as early as 2011. Now redacted pathology report from the autopsy on Williams ' body has been made public and it mentions Lewy Body disease, newly recognized disorder similar to Parkinson's. Diffuse Lewy Body Dementia, read first line in summary of forensic evaluation of brain from surgical pathology report on Williams Body, followed by pages of medical and forensic jargon. Lewy Body disease is a degenerative disorder in which nerve cells in the brain are blocked by clumps of protein substance, or bodies, that interfere with function. Lewy Body Dementia Association says estimated 1. 3 million people have disorder. Patients who have Lewy Body disease develop a type of Dementia that interferes with memory and language, and typically includes vivid visual hallucinations, say Gayatri Devi, attending neurologist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York whose specialty is memory disorders. Lewy patients think they see things that aren't there, such as bugs or little people, Devi say. But she says there's no research or evidence so far that such hallucinations can lead to suicide. The real problem, she say, is that patients are sometimes misdiagnosed with Parkinson's when they really have Lewy Body disease and vice versa. If that happen, patient can be prescribed medications that make his symptoms worse. Even experienced neurologists have trouble distinguishing between, say Devi. There's not a clear - cut distinction. It's two diseases that have kind of intersection where it's hard to tease them apart. The wrong diagnosis can lead to the wrong medication. Patients with Lewy Body disease can hallucinate on their own but give them Parkinson's drug and it can make hallucinations worse, she say. And drugs used to treat Lewy Body hallucinations can cause symptoms of Parkinson's. What does all this have to do with Williams ' death? Maybe nothing. But TMZ on Tuesday, quoting anonymous family sources, reported that the Williams ' family believe that Lewy Body disease was a critical triggering factor in his suicide. Suicide does not usually occur in Lewy Body Dementia patients, says Devi, who has treated such patients. I see a fair amount of it because Lewy Body disease is the second - most - common kind of Dementia after Alzheimer's.

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The grim details

Boyd said Williams was last seen alive at 10: 30 pm Sunday when his wife, Susan Schneider, went to bed. His personal assistant became concerned about 11: 45 am on Monday, Boyd say, after Williams failed to answer knocks at his door. The assistant eventually managed to open the door and find Williams clothe, in seat position and with a belt secured around his neck, with the other end of the belt wedged between clothes closet door and door frame, Boyd say. His right shoulder area was touching the door, with his body perpendicular to the door and slightly suspend. Williams was cold to touch, Boyd say, and rigor mortis had set in. Forensic scientists say it takes three or four hours for rigor mortis to begin after death. Investigators found superficial cuts on the inside of Williams ' left wrist, and recovered a pocketknife with its blade closed and what looked like dry blood on it, Boyd say. The cause of death was asphyxia due to hanging, according to preliminary results of the autopsy. Williams children do not mention their father's depression or his struggles with chemical dependency, but Zelda makes reference to dark times and inability to find peace. He was always warm, even in his darkest moments, she say. While I 'll never, ever understand how he could be loved so deeply and not find it in his heart to stay, there's minor comfort in knowing our grief and loss, in some small way, is shared with millions. It doesn't help pain, but at least it's burden countless others now know we carry.

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'Never be the same'

Its been over six years since actor Robin Williams took his own life. Lots may have happened since then, but his passing still hangs over us like a ghastly cloud. Comedic actors leave behind a powerful legacy, one that is unlikely to ever be matched in his industry. What makes his death all more tragic is the struggle he faced in his final months. His autopsy report revealed that Robin had been suffering from depression and anxiety. Further examination of his brain tissue pointed to a disease called diffuse Lewy Body Dementia. Symptoms of this particular type of Dementia include memory loss, paranoia, and delusional thoughts. In his last days, Robin held on with strength, kindness, and love; even though his body was slowly getting overrun by these symptoms. A new documentary, Robins Wish, details challenges faced by an actor in his last days. The latest revelations do only allow us to celebrate great actors once again, but tell us how we can live our own lives with the same qualities.

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Robin Williams' Net Worth

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Net Worth:$50 million
Salary:$20 million
Income Sources:Stand-up, film, television, lucrative endorsement deals, and
Age/Date of Birth:July 21, 1951
Height:In feet: 5 ft 7 Inches In centimeter: 170 cm Height in meters: 1.7m
Nationality:American

The art of comedy and acting is all about talent visualized in mind. Robin Williams had his comedic talent arm up while on his journey to stardom. His statements, moves and comedy always leave the audience crying with laughter. Moreover, he is considered one of the best comedians of all time. I 'm sorry, if you were right, I 'd agree with you. He would quote and bless the audience with his rich thoughts. Twisting sense and humour in his work is what makes him unique, and one of people's favourite people. Robin Williams made friends with many famous icons with likes of Christopher Reeve. His befriending and huge list of connected friends, make his dreams of becoming rich become reality. However, even after his death, his memories remain.

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Robin Williams' Estate

Williams reportedly set up separate Trust funds for his three adult children, Zachary, Zelda, and Cody prior to his death. According to reports, his children would receive one - third of their trust at the age of 21, half of what was left at the age of 25, and the remainder when they turn 30. There was no indication of how much Williams left each of his kids. One caveat to funds was that they weren't dependent on his death, meaning his children would receive money whether or not he was decease. But what about the remainder of his estate? Williams ' widow, Susan Schneider Williams, and his three adult children battle in Court over the outcome of his estate until 2015. Schneider reported that she was not receiving enough money to maintain home in Tiburon, California, where she lived with her two children from a previous marriage and Williams before his death. Williams biological children claim their stepmother was trying to adjust the terms of their dad's trust. The fight continued until Schneider finally agreed to remove her petition to keep most of her late husband's belongings. This allows estate to be split rather simply. Schneider was able to keep possessions that hold emotional value for her, such as wedding gifts, clothing, watch, and bike. The Actor' children then receive almost everything else they request, including more than 50 bikes, 85 watches, and over 1 000 individual items such as late Actor'ss Academy Awards and their clothing. Exact terms of the agreement were not reported but lawyers close to the case say that Schneider will receive enough support to continue living in Tiburon home during her lifetime. Williams children will eventually own property.

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The Future of His Estate

Williams Napa Valley mansion was originally listed for sale in summer of 2012 for 35 million. It was subsequently re - listed shortly before the actor's death at a price of just under 30 million. Variety reports that a 20 000 square foot mansion will eventually sell in 2016 after a series of further price cuts for 18. 1 millionroughly, half of its original asking price. The purchasers were French winemakers Alfred and Melanie Tesseron. In August of 2018, FORBES reported that Williams ' ex - wife, Marsha Williams, would auction off a large collection of furniture, art, and other Hollywood memorabilia previously owned by the actor and comedian. Auction take place in fall of 2018 at Sotheby's. The Report indicates that proceeds of roughly 6 million go to charities, including Wound Warrior Project, Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, and Challenge Athletes Foundation. Restrictive clauses that Williams put in place to protect his image licensing mean that his family cannot profit off of his likeness until 2039. This prevents his name, photograph, voice, or signature from being used in any film, advertisement, or endorsement. This put a large cap on the future value of his estate. Estates of other entertainers have been able to charge as much as 500 000 for use of entertainers ' images in advertisements. Few outlier deals have Top 1 million. Estates of deceased entertainers, such as one belonging to James Dean, earn royalties on clothing sold with entertainers ' likenesses on it. This highlights how lucrative image licensing can be for deceased celebrities. The Internal Revenue Service once report, in another example, that Michael Jackson's estate owes 700 million in taxes, based on the estimated value of his likeness and intellectual property.

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