Relatives of American actor, Bruce Willis have announced that he has been diagnosed with aphasia in March 2022 a condition which causes difficulties with speech.
In a statement released by his family, they said his condition has now progressed and they now have a more specific diagnosis which is frontotemporal dementia. The statement was signed by his current wife, Emma Heming Willis, his former wife Demi Moore and his children, Rumer, Scout, Tallulah, Mabel and Evelyn.
“Our family wanted to start by expressing our deepest gratitude for the incredible outpouring of love, support and wonderful stories we have received since sharing Bruce’s original diagnosis”, the statement read.
“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 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.”
Willis achieved fame for his role in Moonlighting in the 1980s and has appeared in over a hundred films since then. He gained prominence for his role as John McClane in the Die Hard Franchise. He has won several awards including a Golden Globe Award for Moonlighting.
Since the 67-year-old’s true diagnosis has been revealed, he has received an outpour of heartfelt love. American journalist and Ex-Wife of Arnold Schwarzenegger, Maria Shriver tweeted “My heart goes out to Bruce Willis and his family, & also my gratitude for shining a much needed light on this disease.”
“When people get a diagnosis it’s extremely difficult, but also for most a relied to get a diagnosis. This family deserves our support on the days ahead, as does every family dealing with Alzheimer’s & dementia, & every caregiver working 24/7 on the frontlines of humanity. I also hope prying photographers will not chase this man and his family. Please respect their journey ahead.”
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