Los Angeles, 17 February 2023 (TDI): The famous Hollywood Star, Bruce Willis has been diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia. Emma Heming Willis, the wife of the actor took to her Instagram to confirm the news on Thursday.
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Additionally, a statement was posted on the website of the Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration and signed by Willis’s wife, Emma Heming Willis, his ex-wife Demi Moore and his five children.
The news comes less than a year after the 67-year-old Bruce retired from acting because of growing cognitive difficulties.
The statement read as follows, “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.” The statement added.
According to the post, there isn’t any treatment for the disease. In this vein, the statement said, “Today there are no treatments for the disease. A reality that we hope can change in the years ahead.”
They also shared that the family is grateful for the support they received prior to this. It added, “Our family wanted to start by expressing our deepest gratitude for the incredible support, and wonderful stories we have all received since sharing Bruce’s original diagnosis.”
About Bruce Willis
Walter Bruce Willis was born on March 19, 1955. He achieved fame with a leading role in the comedy-drama series Moonlighting (1985–1989).
He appeared in over a hundred films, gaining recognition as an action hero after his portrayal of John McClane in the Die Hard franchise (1988–2013) and other roles.
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Willis has received various accolades throughout his career, including a Golden Globe Award, two Primetime Emmy Awards, and two People’s Choice Awards. He received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2006.
In March 2022, Willis’s family announced that he was retiring after being diagnosed with aphasia, which affects language cognition.
What is Frontotemporal Dementia?
The Association for Frontotemporal Dementia describes FTD as a group of brain disorders caused by degeneration of the frontal or temporal lobes of the brain that affects behavior, language, and movement.
Aphasia can be a symptom of it. The association describes frontotemporal degeneration as “an inevitable decline in functioning.” It has an average life expectancy of seven to 13 years after the onset of symptoms.