Bruce Willis diagnosed with dementia

Actor Bruce Willis has been diagnosed with dementia, his family has announced.

The Die Hard star, whose career spanned 40 years, retired last year after receiving a diagnosis of aphasia, a condition that causes loss of the ability to understand or express speech.

“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),” Willis’ family said.

“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.”

In a statement published by the Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration website, the family said: “Bruce has always found joy in life – and has helped everyone he knows to do the same. It has meant the world to see that sense of care echoed back to him and to all of us”.

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