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Bruce Willis Has Been Diagnosed With A Rare Type Of Dementia

The "Die Hard" actor has been diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia (known as FTD), and one of his symptoms, according to his wife Emma Heming Willis, is "challenges with communication"

Bruce Willis’ family announced that the Hollywood actor has been diagnosed with a type of dementia. According to a recent statement that they shared, Bruce’s aphasia, which refers to a condition that affects communicative skills, has progressed to a specific degenerative brain disease called frontotemporal dementia or FTD.

“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,” the message reads. “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.”

In March 2022, Bruce’s decision to retire from his decades’ worth of acting career was announced by his wife Emma Heming on Instagram. “To Bruce’s amazing supporters, as a family, we wanted to share that our beloved Bruce has been experiencing some health issues and has recently been diagnosed with aphasia, which is impacting his cognitive abilities.”

In the shocking revelation, it was said that the Die Hard star will be “stepping away” from acting—“a career that has meant so much to him.” Chopping off his 40 years of fruitful work in the Holly-world, Bruce takes his final bow in entertainment to be with his family and trade some time with them. His supporters, naturally, were deeply saddened by the news.

Aged 67, Bruce Willis’ cognitive abilities have been deteriorating due to his brain’s impairment, leading to language and behavioral problems, bouts of inexpression and struggle with social interaction, motor skills and memory decline, and many more. Currently, there is no treatment or cure to slow down or stop the development of this rare disorder.

One of the most outstanding and bankable actors in the 1980’s and 1990’s America, Bruce Willis became famous for his performance in the Die Hard franchise. He worked his way up the ladder by starting in the 1985 TV series Moonlighting, landed prominent projects and reaping acclaim for his roles in Pulp Fiction, Armageddon, and The Sixth Sense.

Lead photos from @emmahemingwillis