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Williams’ autopsy reveals he had LBD

New information released from Robin Williams’ autopsy has shown the late actor suffered from Lewy body dementia. There is little understanding of this debilitating and often deadly disease that affects more than 1 million Americans, according to the Washington Post.

Williams, who committed suicide in August 2014, was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease shortly before his death, according to the source, but the diagnosis never fully explained the symptoms he was experiencing: sever anxiety attacks, strange delusions and the feeling that his mind was slipping from him.

Many speculated the cause of his death was depression as he had struggled in the past with mental health problems, drug abuse and alcoholism, the source also reports.

LBD is not treatable and is the third most common cause of dementia, but doctors rarely diagnose patients with LBD until after a patient has died and the brain is examined, according to the Washington Post.

Seasonal Starbucks cups create uproar

Starbucks is known for its seasonal holiday coffee cup design that hits stores every Nov. 1, according to the New York Daily News. But this year, not everyone is happy with the cup’s minimalist design.

Starbucks Vice President of Design and Content Jeffrey Fields said the company “wanted to usher in the holidays with a purity of design that welcomes all stories,” according to the source. However Christian evangelists have taken to social media saying the design has removed Christmas from the cup, according to E! News.

Former Arizona pastor Joshua Feuerstein started a movement asking customers to say their name is “Merry Christmas” when they order their drinks to add the name to the design, according to E! News.

Some people were quick to defend Starbucks as Aaron Dean, a Starbucks barista, commented on Feuerstein’s video saying there has never been the word “Christmas” on the cup in the past, the source also reported.

While Starbucks has a minimalistic design, it has printed a dust of snow pattern on its clear cups, according to the New York Daily News.

Angelina Jolie honored at WSJ Magazine

On Nov. 5, Angelina Jolie received the WSJ Magazine Innovator Award for Entertainment and Film in New York City, according to E! News. Jolie, a writer, director and actress delivered a speech that honored her late mother, actress and producer Marcheline Bertrand, her six children and her husband Brad Pitt, the source also reported. Jolie said everytime she makes a film she tries to “bear her soul,” words her mother often told her when she was growing up, according to E! News, and said when “we celebrate innovation we are celebrating human freedom.” Jolie’s speech became more powerful when she accepted the award mindful of those who have not had opportunities like the American people and said there is still more to be done by all of us, according to E! News.

Alesandria Posada
Business Manager
Published November 11th, 2015