His work also struggled and Milch often found himself dealing with uncertainties, hesitations, and “a growing incapacity” to write.

“I became more and more of an acquired taste,” Milch, who previously struggled with a gambling addiction, recalled to the outlet.

It wasn’t until 2018, however, that the producer decided to finally receive a brain scan, which revealed he had Alzheimer’s.

The diagnosis seemed to click for Milch, as all of the signs he had been experiencing were similar to his own father’s, who he believed likely also suffered from the illness.

“That was a while ago, and the diagnosis was not as sophisticated or specific, but in retrospect, he exhibited all the symptoms of the illness,” Milch told

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Still, the diagnosis hasn’t stopped Milch from doing what he loves and staying busy with work. Years after wrapping up

The network and his colleagues on the film have been particularly supportive of Milch in the wake of his diagnosis, though the cast and crew do not publicly discuss it, Milch said.

In the wake of Milch’s decision to go public with his diagnosis, HBO issued a statement and announced their support for him.

“We treasure our relationship with David Milch, a beloved and long-standing member of the HBO family,” a rep from the network told

Representatives at HBO did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.


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