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Bruce Willis Has Been Diagnosed With Dementia, His Family Announce

"While this is painful, it is a relief to finally have a clear diagnosis."
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Bruce Willis has been formally diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia (FTD), his family has announced, a year after the actor was diagnosed with aphasia.

His condition led to his retirement from acting last year, with the FTD diagnosis meaning his condition has now deteriorated.

The 67-year-old actor’s family announced the progression of the disease and his most recent diagnosis of frontotemporal dementia via an Instagram post. 

“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.

To read our full statement and learn more about this disease please go to the link in our bio. In Love & Gratitude Ladies of Willis/Moore” the post read. 

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Rumer Willis posted a recent photograph of her father on Instagram. (Credit: Instagram)

The family also signed a statement that has been published by the Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration, reading: 

FTD is a cruel disease that many of us have never heard of and [which] 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.

“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.”

“Bruce always believed in using his voice in the world to help others, and to raise awareness about important issues both publicly and privately.

“We know in our hearts thatif he could todayhe would want to respond by bringing global attention and a connectedness with those who are also dealing with this debilitating disease and how it impacts so many individuals and their families.

“Bruce has always found joy in lifeand has helped everyone he knows to do the same. It has meant the world to see that sense of care echoed back to him and to all of us.” 

The statement was signed by Willis’ wife Emma Heming Willis, ex-wife Demi Moore, and his five children, Rumer, Scout, Tallulah, Mabel and Evelyn. 

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