Bruce Willis’ Condition Worsens as Family Announces “Painful” Dementia Diagnosis | THR News.
Bruce Willis‘s family released a fresh statement on his health on Thursday, stating that the actor’s condition has deteriorated and that he is now dealing with frontotemporal dementia (FTD), which is limiting his capacity to speak. Willis, 67, has been out of the performing business for about a year now after his family announced he was retiring from the industry owing to a diagnosis of aphasia.
The full statement read:
“Our family wanted to start by expressing our deepest gratitude for the incredible outpouring of love, support and wonderful stories we have all received since sharing Bruce’s original diagnosis. In the spirit of that, we wanted to give you an update about our beloved husband, father and friend since we now have a deeper understanding of what he is experiencing.
Since we announced Bruce’s diagnosis of aphasia in spring 2022, Bruce’s condition has progressed, and we now have a more specific diagnosis: frontotemporal dementia (known as FTD). Unfortunately, challenges with communication are just one symptom of the disease Bruce faces. While this is painful, it is a relief to finally have a clear diagnosis.”
As stated in the release, “today there are no treatments for the disease,” an outlook that hopefully will improve in the future. “As Bruce’s condition advances, we hope that any media attention can be focused on shining a light on this disease that needs far more awareness and research.”
Bruce Willis’ ex-wife Demi Moore and their five children, Rumer, Scout, Tallulah, Mabel, and Evelyn, all signed the statement that was put on the website of the Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration. Bruce Willis’ films have grossed over €5 billion (about $6.5 billion) worldwide over the course of his four-decade career. The prolific actor was well-known for his roles in blockbusters like “Die Hard” and “The Sixth Sense,” but in recent years, he has mostly appeared in direct-to-video thrillers.