Actor Bruce Willis walked away from acting March of last year after his initial diagnosis of aphasia, a condition that affects his ability to speak and to understand language began to take hold. More recently a statement from his family said "his symptoms have since progressed and are no longer limited to challenges with communication, leading to his recent diagnosis of FTD, Frontoemporal Dementia.
See the family’s full statement below:
As a family, we wanted to take this opportunity to thank you all for the outpouring of love and compassion for Bruce over the past ten months. Your generosity of spirit has been overwhelming, and we are tremendously grateful for it. For your kindness, and because we know you love Bruce as much as we do, we wanted to give you an update.
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.