LOS ANGELES: On Thursday, Bruce Willis’ family announced that he has been diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia, almost a year after his retirement from acting due to aphasia, which had impacted his cognitive abilities.
In a statement posted on The Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration website, Willis’ family disclosed that his condition has advanced since his aphasia diagnosis in the spring of 2022, resulting in a more specific diagnosis of frontotemporal dementia (FTD).
What family says about Bruce Willis Condition?
The family expressed that although communication difficulties are only one of the symptoms of Bruce’s illness, they find solace in finally having a precise diagnosis.
Accompanied by a cheerful picture of Willis at the beach, the statement revealed that currently, there are no treatments available for frontotemporal dementia. The family aspired that Bruce’s diagnosis at 67 would draw more attention to fighting FTD.
In the face of Bruce’s deteriorating condition, the family wished that any media exposure would focus on spreading awareness and advancing research of this disease. The statement emphasized the need for more public knowledge about FTD.
Frontotemporal degeneration results from a gradual loss of nerve cells in either the frontal or temporal lobes of the brain.
The family of Willis feels that had he been able to, the actor would have used his platform to raise awareness about dementia and help those affected by it.
Maria Shriver, a journalist, expressed appreciation for the attention brought to the disease, saying that it assists the broader public when individuals speak out.
Rumer Willis, the actor’s oldest daughter and also an actor, shared the statement on her Instagram account and received support from others in the entertainment industry.
Aaron Paul, star of “Breaking Bad,” wrote, “Love you so much my friend. Sending hugs to you and that beautiful family of yours. Your pops is such damn legend.”
How was Bruce Willis Career?
Over his 40-year career, Willis became a household name for his performances in about 100 films, gaining recognition for his roles in “Pulp Fiction” and “The Sixth Sense” and winning two Emmys and a Golden Globe Award.
Despite his numerous acting credits, Willis is most recognized for his portrayal of a rugged New York City cop chasing down criminals in the five “Die Hard” movies released between 1988 and 2013.
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