Some heartbreaking news coming from Bruce Willis and his family.
The famed actor announced his retirement in March of last year, after he had been diagnosed with aphasia, which is a medical condition that affects a person’s ability to speak, write, understand language, both verbal and written.
Apparently concerns had been made in recent years, after Willis had issues with misfiring weapons on set, and also was having a hard time memorizing lines.
It’s truly heartbreaking, considering Willis was in great physical health for being 67-years-old.
And now, we’ve learned that the actor has been diagnosed once again, and this time, it’s frontotemporal dementia.
According to Page Six, the family shared in a statement:
“While this is painful, it is a relief to finally have a clear diagnosis.
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.”
The statement was signed off by Willis’ ex-wife Demi Moore, his current wife, Emma Heming, and all five of his daughters.
They also mentioned that if Willis was able to respond to the situation, he would want to raise awareness for the “cruel” disease as well.
“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.
We have been so moved by the love you have all shared for our dear husband, father, and friend during this difficult time. Your continued compassion, understanding, and respect will enable us to help Bruce live as full a life as possible.”
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Willis and his family during this difficult time.