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Celebrity. Celebrity seems to have some pretty desirable aspects: money, freedom of choice, acclaim. Yet, celebrity has never conferred invulnerability.  The performers we love struggle and fall the way the rest of us struggle and fall, to heart disease or heartbreak (as in the case of Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds), to Parkinson’s (as with Michael J. Fox).

Until an autopsy uncovered signs of Diffuse Lewy Body dementia, it was thought that Parkinson’s undermined one of our best beloved of stars, Robin Williams, who ended his life in the late summer of 2014. DLB is hard to diagnose, hard to distinguish at times from Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.  This article we found recently provides a moving, informative explanation.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/robin-williams-dementia-with-lewy-bodies_us_5638f32ee4b027f9b96a418f

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