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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