New Documentary Looks at Toll Lewy Body Dementia Took on the Late Robin Williams

A new film about the late comedic legend Robin Williams shows the toll the undiagnosed Lewy Body Dementia may have taken on him before his tragic death in 2014.

“SPARK: Robin Williams and his Battle with Lewy Body Dementia (LBD),” tracks the final years of his life and his battle with undiagnosed Lewy Body Dementia.

Susan Schneider Williams, the widow of the late comic, has called LBD, “the terrorist inside my husband’s mind.”

A progressive dementia, LBD is the second most common form of progressive dementia after Alzheimer’s. The disease occurs when excess deposits of the protein alpha-synuclein, known as Lewy bodies, clump up inside neurons, causing damage to certain parts of the brain, and, as a result, a decline in cognition and movement.“

A trailer for the documentary can be seen here, with a broad release set for later this year.

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