- Robin Williams died by suicide in 2014 and an post-mortem later revealed he had a type of dementia.
- However Williams had been misdiagnosed with Parkinson’s illness two years earlier than his dying.
- Williams’ son, Zak, mentioned the misdiagnosis left his father “very uncomfortable” and “annoyed.”
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Robin Williams’ son Zak spoke at size in regards to the neurological illness and the next medical misdiagnosis that plagued the final years of his father’s life throughout a candid interview on Max Lugavere’s “The Genius Life” podcast.
Williams, who would have turned 70 on Wednesday, died by suicide in 2014 on the age of 63. Two years prior, Williams had been recognized with Parkinson’s illness. An post-mortem following his dying, nevertheless, discovered that the legendary actor had been misdiagnosed and really had Lewy physique dementia or LBD, a type of progressive dementia.
LBD shares a number of debilitating signs with Alzheimer’s disease, the most typical type of progressive dementia, together with reminiscence loss, hallucinations, and nervousness. Zak advised “The Genius Life” podcast that in Williams’ closing two years, his father was left feeling annoyed by the consequences of the illness and his analysis.
“What he was going by did not match one to at least one [with] many Parkinson’s sufferers experiences. So, I believe that was laborious for him,” Zak mentioned on the podcast. “There was a spotlight problem that annoyed him, there have been points related to how he felt, and in addition from a neurological perspective, he did not really feel nice. He was very uncomfortable.”
Williams along with his daughter, Zelda Williams.
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Zak thinks his father’s misdiagnosis “may need exacerbated the scenario,” including that the medication used to deal with Parkinson’s “are not any joke.”
“They’re additionally actually laborious on the thoughts and the physique,” he mentioned. “The analysis was completely different than the illness so I believe it may very well be a scenario the place you take stuff and experiencing purely the negative effects of [the drug].”
There’s presently no known cure for LBD or any treatment that can decelerate its development. Zak advised the podcast that his father’s signs intensified within the two years earlier than his dying, which he mentioned closely impacted the Oscar-winner’s skill to “carry out his craft.”
“I do not need to say it was a brief interval. It felt quite a bit longer than it really was as a result of it was a interval for him of intense looking out and frustration,” he mentioned.
“I could not assist however really feel past empathy. I could not assist however really feel annoyed for him,” Zak continued. “It may be actually isolating even once you’re with household and family members.”
Zak Williams is the oldest son of the late actor, Robin Williams.
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LBD is attributable to clumps of protein that construct up in areas of the mind answerable for features equivalent to pondering, visible notion, and muscle motion, according to NHS.com.
Following Williams’ dying in 2014, his widow Susan Schneider Williams penned an essay for the medical journal “Neurology” the place she mentioned that the medical professionals who had reviewed her husband’s final two years of medical data and mind scans mentioned Williams’ case was “one of many worst LBD pathologies that they had seen” and there was “nothing else anybody might have finished.”
She wrote: “The large proliferation of Lewy our bodies all through his mind had finished a lot injury to neurons and neurotransmitters that in impact, you would say he had chemical warfare in his mind.”
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