Bruce Willis’ family have revealed the somber news that the actor has been diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia (FTD).
This impacts the lobes of the brain behind the forehead, leading to symptoms such as personality changes, obsessive behaviour and speaking difficulties.
Emma Heming, Willis’ wife, as well as ex-wife Demi Moore and five daughters, posted a statement on The Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration’s website, saying:
“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.”
“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).”
“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 there being no cure for the disease, the family added that they hope media attention surrounding the illness will shine further light on the need for awareness and research.
This comes approximately a year after the actor most known for Die Hard retired from acting due to being diagnosed with aphasia.