CNN Founder Ted Turner Reveals He Has Lewy Body Dementia, The Same Disease Robin Williams Suffered From

Ted Turner, the American media mogul best known as the founder of TBS (Turner Broadcasting System) and Cable News Network (CNN), has revealed that he is battling a disease called Lewy body dementia, the same form of dementia that actor Robin Williams suffered from in the last few years of his life, which led him to commit suicide in 2014.

Turner made the shocking revelation in an interview with CBS Sunday Morning, which aired last night (Sun, Sep. 30). The 79-year-old compared his case to a “mild case of Alzheimer’s … but not nearly as bad.” He added, “Alzheimer’s is fatal. Thank goodness I don’t have that.”

According to the website for the Lewy Body Dementia Association, LBD affects at least 1.5 million Americans. The disease is described as a progressive neurological disorder that affects a person’s memory and cognition (especially decision making), as well as their mood, behavior and balance. It is often misdiagnosed with Parkinson’s, as Williams’ case was, or bipolar disorder, like Turner’s was.

Unfortunately, there isn’t a definitive test for LDB. Doctors arrive at the diagnosis by using a patient’s imaging scans, a physical exam, their medical history and blood work. Once diagnosed, cases are typically managed by neurologists, who may also refer patients to cognitive specialists and psychologists to help address the mental symptoms.

During his interview with Ted Koppel, Turner displayed some of the memory problems associated with LBD as he struggled to remember the name of his disorder.

“I also have got … let’s … I can’t remember the name of it…” he said before suddenly recalling what he was trying to say. “That’s dementia. I can’t remember what my disease is,” he said, laughing. Turner said LBD leaves him “tired” and “exhausted,” and said that the other symptom that bothers him the most is “forgetfulness.”

Turner said his father committed suicide at 53 years old and left him a note apologizing for what he’d done. “He just said he was sorry,” Turner explained to Koppel. “That he got in … he felt like he was in over his head, but he wasn’t. He just apologized. Sad. I loved him very much, and he was a hero of mine.”

Asked if he would ever consider suicide, Turner said “No … I’ve got five children and 14 grandchildren, and I wouldn’t put them through that. That was painful. It was painful for me, I know, when my father did it. And I’m not going to even think about doing anything like that for my children and grandchildren.”

Turner was also asked about his thoughts on how things are being run at CNN. While he doesn’t watch the news as much anymore, Turner did have an opinion on how the company he founded nearly four decades ago in 1980 is being operated.

“I think they’re sticking with politics a little too much,” he said. “They’d do better to have a more balanced agenda. But that’s, you know, just one person’s opinion.”

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WATCH: XXXTentacion’s Murder & Final Moments Captured on Surveillance Video Shown in Court

The Broward County Sheriff’s Office has released the surveillance video showing a group of men ambushing and killing rapper XXXTentacion as he was leaving a motorsports dealership in Deerfield Beach, Florida back in June.

The haunting footage showing the final moments of XXX’s life was played in public for the first time Thursday (Sep. 27) by prosecutors during a Broward County court hearing for one of the suspects.

The video shows X arriving at RIVA Motorsports at 3:30 p.m. on June 18th. X had a bag in his left hand as he and a friend entered the dealership.

A minute later, the footage shows the suspects’ car arriving and two of them walking into the store behind X. The men walked past XXXTentacion, who briefly looked at them before continuing his conversation with an employee at the store. The video shows the suspects walking to the back of the store and talking on their cell phones.

Less than 30 minutes later, around 3:55 p.m., as XXXTentacion was leaving the store and driving out of the parking lot, the rapper’s BMW was blocked by an SUV from exiting. When XXX stops his car, two men wielding guns jump out of the SUV—one holding some sort of assault rifle—and confront the rapper, while a person in X’s car flees.

Investigators say the men threatened and robbed XXXTentacion, and the video shows the men struggling with him. In the video, you can actually see the men reaching into X’s car as he resists.

As one of the men points a large gun into the driver’s side window, the other man goes around to the open passenger door and enters the vehicle. Shots are fired before the men flee with a Louis Vuitton bag from the rapper’s car. As previously reported, the suspects made off with $50K in cash, which was in the LV bag.

Prosecutors explained XXX’s final moments alive during a discovery and bail hearing for Robert Allen, one of four suspects charged with the rapper’s murder.

Prosecutors said the man who pulled the trigger is Michael Boatright and the other man seen in the footage who jumped into the passenger side of the vehicle is Trayvon Newsome. Dedrick Williams and Robert Allen were the two men seen following X into the dealership.

During Allen’s court hearing, in which he asked the judge to reduce his band, his attorney, Jim Lewis, said Allen never left the vehicle and did not take part in the robbery.

“He was at the wrong place at the wrong time with the wrong people,” Lewis said (according to CBS Miami). “It’s always been my client’s position is he didn’t know this was going to be a robbery, he didn’t participate in it. He didn’t share any of the fruits of it.”

But prosecutors and investigators say that is far from the truth, and Allen is accused of playing a role in the murder—from being linked to the rental car to communicating with the other men who were outside the store prior to the murder.

The judge ultimately denied Allen’s request to reduce his bond, and all four men remain in Broward County Main Jail on premeditated murder charges.

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