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Robin Williams dead at 63: Did actor's 2009 heart surgery contribute to his depression?
August 12, 2014

"Open-heart surgery has historically been known to affect a person's cognitive functioning following recovery," Dr. Jeffrey Lieberman, chief of psychiatry at New York-Presbyterian Hospital Columbia, told the Daily News.

"The valve replacement involves stopping the heart while you're replacing it, and having that kind of procedure with general anesthesia, there is an increased frequency of depression occurring in the aftermath," he said.

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