The family of Bruce Willis took to social media to offer an update on the actor’s condition on Thursday (February 16).
In March 2022, we reported Bruce was stepping away from acting after he was diagnosed with aphasia.
Aphasia is a language disorder caused by brain damage that affects a person’s ability to communicate.
Almost a year later, the Willis family released a statement revealing that Bruce has been officially diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia (known as FTD) and that his “condition has progressed.”
Bruce’s ex-wife, Demi Moore, posted the following message via Instagram:
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.
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.
To read our full statement and learn more about this disease please go to the link in our bio.
In Love & Gratitude
Ladies of Willis/Moore
See Demi’s original post about Bruce Willis below.
Journalist Maria Shriver took to Twitter to write:
My heart goes out to Bruce Willis and his family, & also my gratitude for shining a much needed light on this disease.
When people step forward it helps all of us. When people get a diagnosis it’s extremely difficult, but also for most a relief to get a diagnosis.
My love and prayers go out to Bruce Willis and his family.
You can read their full statement and learn more about FTD by visiting theAFTD.org.