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Ted Turner Reveals he has Lewy Body Dementia


It’s the neurological disorder suffered by Robin Williams

Media mogul Ted Turner told CBS in an interview that he has Lewy Body Dementia. LBD is one of the three most common forms of dementia affecting 1.5 million Americans, including the late Robin Williams, but it is often misdiagnosed.

CNN founder Ted Turner has revealed that he is suffering from Lewy body dementia, the same form of dementia that Robin Williams battled in the last few years of his life.

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

In an interview with Ted Koppel set to air on “CBS Sunday Morning” this weekend (9 a.m. EDT/PDT), Turner, 79, likened his case to a “mild case of Alzheimer’s … but not nearly as bad … Thank goodness, I don’t have that.”

Displaying some of the memory problems characterized by LBD, he struggled to remember the name of his disorder,  “I also have got, let’s – the one that’s – I can’t remember the name of it … dementia.”

Turner said it leaves him “tired” and “exhausted,” adding that the other symptom that bothers him most is “forgetfulness.”



  1. Turner was/is a True Pioneer and Visionary, it is amazing how he went from a hard nosed Conservative who became a Media Mogul, successful in many Business Investments, and one of the Biggest Land Barons in the World To a Liberal.

    Many people with LBD live long lives with minimal symptoms, depending on when the diagnosis was made and his age he may live out his life in a fairly normal way.

    Most people that are over 80 are forgetful and sometimes tired but it beats the alternative.

    The Old Original 50 year old Ted Turner would be sickened by what his CNN has morphed into.

    Good Luck to him!

  2. I blame Turner’s political turn from conservative to liberal on his hooking up with Hanoi Jane. She totally messed him up both politically and socially.

  3. TV Guy

    Saw Fonda in News Clip the other day on a Talk Show and she tried her best to say she just happened to sit on an Anti Air Craft Gun and someone just happened to take her photo. Hey, I suppose she has convinced herself that is factual all these years later.

    I am sure you are correct in your opinion that Fonda had a dramatic affect on Turners change to Liberal Politics.

    I also firmly believe that much like many he has also undergone “Political Re-Assignment Surgery”.


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