Actor Bruce Willis’ ‘situation has progressed’ to dementia, says household


By Danielle Broadway

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) -Bruce Willis has been identified with frontotemporal dementia, his household mentioned on Thursday, practically a 12 months after the “Die Laborious” franchise star retired from appearing because of aphasia that hampered his cognitive talents.

“Since we introduced Bruce’s analysis of aphasia in spring 2022, Bruce’s situation has progressed and we now have a extra particular analysis: frontotemporal dementia (referred to as FTD),” his household mentioned in an announcement posted on The Affiliation for Frontotemporal Degeneration web site.

“Sadly, challenges with communication are only one symptom of the illness Bruce faces. Whereas that is painful, it’s a aid to lastly have a transparent analysis.”

The assertion, to which the household hooked up a photograph of a smiling Willis on the seaside, mentioned there aren’t any present therapies for the illness. The household mentioned that they hoped Willis’ analysis on the age of 67 would deliver extra focus to battling FTD.

“As Bruce’s situation advances, we hope that any media consideration will be centered on shining a lightweight on this illness that wants much more consciousness and analysis,” the assertion mentioned.

Frontotemporal degeneration is brought on by progressive nerve cell loss within the mind’s frontal lobes or its temporal lobes.

Willis’ household believes that if the retired actor have been capable of, he would use his voice to lift consciousness about dementia and find out how to assist others with it too.

Journalist Maria Shriver expressed her “gratitude for shining a a lot wanted mild on this illness,” including that “When folks step ahead it helps all of us.”

The actor’s oldest daughter, actor Rumer Willis, additionally posted the announcement on Instagram and acquired assist from others within the leisure trade.

“Love you a lot my buddy. Sending hugs to you and that stunning household of yours. Your pops is such rattling legend,” “Breaking Dangerous” star Aaron Paul wrote.

Willis rose to fame within the Eighties comedy-drama TV sequence “Moonlighting,” and has appeared in about 100 movies throughout his four-decade profession, garnering popularity of his roles in “Pulp Fiction” and “The Sixth Sense,” and profitable a Golden Globe Award and two Emmys.

However Willis is probably finest identified for enjoying the tough-as-nails New York cop who pursued dangerous guys within the 5 “Die Laborious” motion pictures, launched from 1988 to 2013.

(Reporting by Danielle Broadway;Modifying by Mary Milliken and Marguerita Choy)