According to his family, Bruce Willis has frontotemporal dementia.
In a message on social media, they said it was a “relief to finally have a precise diagnosis”.
Bruce Willis was diagnosed with aphasia – which causes issues with speech – in the spring of last year, but this has advanced and he has been given a more specific diagnosis, the family claimed.
They expressed their “deepest thanks for the overwhelming outpouring of love”.
The family went on to add frontotemporal dementia is the most frequent form of dementia among those under 60.
The statement said: “Today there are no cures for the condition, a reality that we hope can alter in the years ahead.”
Willis became a well-known name in the 1980s and 1990s. He has starred in hit movies like Die Hard, The Sixth Sense, Armageddon, and Pulp Fiction.
Willis has also been nominated for five Golden Globes and won one for Moonlighting. He has also been nominated for three Emmys and won two of them.
But last year, his family said that Willis will stop acting. This was because his aphasia makes it hard for him to think.
In a statement released Thursday, the family hoped that the media coverage would bring more attention to the actor’s health.
It said, “Bruce has always thought that he should use his voice in the world to help other people and make people more aware of important issues.”
“We know in our hearts that if he could, he would want the whole world to know about how painful this condition is and how it affects so many people and families.”
Willis’s wife, Emma Heming, and two daughters, and his ex-wife, Demi Moore, and three daughters, all signed the statement.
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