“Die Hard” Bruce Willis Diagnose With Frontotemporal Dementia
Actor Bruce Willis has been diagnosed with a devastating disease nearly a year after he announced that he was suffering from aphasia.
According to a lengthy statement released on Thursday, the family of the 67-year-old ‘Die Hard’ star, who retired from acting in March 2022, revealed that he has frontotemporal dementia, which is a neurological condition that damages the brain.
In a statement released by the family, it explained that “FTD is a cruel disease that many of us have never heard of and can strike anyone. For people under 60, FTD is the most common form of dementia, and because getting the diagnosis can take years, FTD is likely much more prevalent than we know”.
Despite the fact that the news is painful, the actor’s loved ones also stated that it was a welcome relief that a definitive diagnosis had been provided. All five of Willis’s daughters, as well as his ex-wife, Demi Moore, and his current wife, Emma Heming, all signed the statement on his behalf.
“Today there are no treatments for the disease, a reality that we hope can change in the years ahead. 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,” the statement continued.
Mayo Clinic indicated that Willis’s initial aphasia diagnosis implied that he would be unable to speak, write, and understand language, both verbal and written, at some point in his life.
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The ‘Expendables’ star is a person who has never shied away from public appearances with friends in spite of his uphill battle with the disease. There will not be any surprises to see him out and about with his friends and loved ones who showed their support for the star in his darkest days.