20 Feb – Following his aphasia diagnosis, Bruce Willis' family recently announced that the actor has been diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia.
In a statement that was released via The Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration on 16 February, Willis' family wrote, "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.
"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 family also stated that Willis has always believed in using his voice in the world to help others, and that he would want to bring global attention to the disease if he could.
"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."
The statement was signed by his current wife Emma Hemming, ex-wife Demi Moore, as well as his children; Rumer, Scout, Tallulah, Mabel, and Evelyn.