According to the New York Daily News, a study of his brain tissue suggested Robin Williams “suffered from ‘diffuse Lewy body dementia.'”
This is a condition that frequently leads to Parkinsonian motor symptoms, depression and hallucination, an autopsy and toxicology report said. Read more about Lewy body dementia symptoms here.
The Oscar-winning star died at age 63 and is survived by his children Zak , 31, Zelda, 25, and Cody, 22.
The final autopsy report, obtained by the Daily News, showed that Williams had no illegal drugs or alcohol in his system when he hanged himself in August, the Marin County Coroner said.
The autopsy and toxicology report stated:
“Neuropathy findings in this case support the diagnosis of diffuse Lewy body dementia, …as established by the National Institute on Aging/Alzheimer’s Disease.” The disease is the second-most-common degenerative brain disease after Alzheimer’s.
Though Williams was not aware of the diagnosis at the time of his death, he had been suffering from tremors in his left arm, and was experiencing extreme restlessness at night and trouble sleeping.
After Williams’ death, his daughter Zelda said “the world is forever a little darker, less colorful and less full of laughter in his absence,” according to the Daily News.
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