BILLIONAIRE CNN chief and WCW owner Ted Turner has been diagnosed with lewy body dementia.
Now he faces a huge health battle after doctors confirmed he is suffering with the same condition that afflicted Hollywood legend Robin Williams in his final years before his death in 2014.
Speaking to Ted Koppel in a CBS Sunday Morning interview, Turner revealed: “It’s a mild case of what people have as Alzheimer’s.
“It’s similar to that. But not nearly as bad. Alzheimer’s is fatal. Thank goodness I don’t have that.”
Turner purchased wrestling company Jim Crockett Promotions in 1988 and renamed it World Championship Wrestling.
He appointed Eric Bischoff as executive producer in a groundbreaking decision that would change the course of the business forever.
With the huge financial backing of Turner, WCW poached superstars such as Hulk Hogan, Kevin Nash, Scott Hall and Randy Savage from WWE.
They overtook McMahon’s promotion in viewers before eventually WWE, featuring stars such as Stone Cold Steve Austin and The Rock, wrestled back into the lead and bought WCW in 2001.
Turner is a huge American media mogul and philanthropist and was the founder of CNN, the first 24/7 cable news channel.
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He gave a billion dollar donation to support the United Nations and he has also co-founded the Nuclear Threat Imitative with US senator Sam Nunn.
Turner also owns a number of other TV channels, with TNT and the Cartoon Network being two of the most popular.
According to the Lewy Body Dementia Association, the disease effects 1.4m people and their families alone in the US.
The illness is described as a progressive neurological disorder that attacks the areas of the brain responsible for behaviour, cognition, and movement.
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