By Abb Jones
The Reelness

The family of actor Bruce Willis has announced that he is suffering from a form of dementia called frontotemporal dementia, also known as FTD.

The Willis family Instagram post about Bruce Willis’ health update.

The announcement Thursday comes a year after Willis’ family disclosed that he would be taking a break from acting due to his diagnosis of aphasia, a medical condition that affects cognitive abilities. FTD is even more serious, affecting parts of the brain generally associated with personality, behavior and language, ultimately culminating in difficulty walking and swallowing. Symptoms typically start between the ages of 40 and 65. The life expectancy of people with FTD is typically six to eight years. Willis is 67.

Willis’ most recent film is Detective Knight: Independence, which was released in January 2023. Willis’ final film, the fantasy crime/thriller Assassin, which was filmed in 2021 prior to his aphasia diagnosis, is slated for release on March 31.

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  1. Frank Vercillo September 16, 2023

    I was devastated to hear of Bruce's Dementia diagnosis. My Dad was diagnosed with Alzheimer when he was sixty. Bruce is one of two of my favorite actors. I say prayers for him every night in hopes that a cure can be found before progression. My heart goes out to you and your family sir. You are a truly brave man that has my respect. I am 75 years old and I have seen all of your movies. God's speed my friend. Sincerely a big fan, Frank.