Newswire: Robin Williams’ widow has written an essay about his painful final year

Two years after the August 11, 2014 death of her husband, beloved comedy legend Robin Williams, Susan Schneider Williams has penned an essay in the prestigious medical journal Neurology, describing the painful final year of his life. Titled “The Terrorist Inside My Husband’s Brain,” the essay describes in detail the steady accumulation of symptoms—anxiety, memory loss, delusions, paralysis, and more—that accompanied Williams’ onset of Lewy body disease. (Originally diagnosed as Parkinson’s in 2013.)

Williams describes, in depth, the toll the disease took on her husband, and the ways it made it impossible for him to control his anxiety and irrational fears. “Once the coroner’s report was reviewed, a doctor was able to point out to me that there was a high concentration of Lewy bodies within the amygdala. This likely caused the acute paranoia and out-of-character emotional responses he was having. How I wish he …

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