Bruce Willis' diagnosis of aphasia has progressed to frontotemporal dementia, his ex wife Demi Moore has confirmed.
Die Hard star Bruce Willis had initially confirmed plans to retire from acting in March 2022, as he was diagnosed with aphasia.
However, the actor's ex wife Demi Moore has now revealed that Willis' illness has “a more specific diagnosis”, in the form of frontotemporal dementia.
Taking to Instagram A Few Good Men star Moore shared an instagram snap of Willis relaxing on a beach, with an accompanied statement confirming his diagnosis.
“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", Moore said. “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".
A statement shared by Willis family was also shared.
“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".
“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 that – if he could today — he 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".