Monday, April 15, 2024

Bruce Willis’s Family Says He’s Been Diagnosed with Dementia, But That Was Clear Years Ago


Bruce Willis clearly had dementia several years ago. Either his family was in denial or they didn’t want to announce it. Today they did, and I suspect that’s because some tabloid was on the verge of exposing it.

Poor Bruce. The family allowed him to make dozens of terrible D movies and wrecked his legacy. A decade ago, Bruce was let go from a Woody Allen film because he couldn’t remember his lines. There was incident after incident after that. At least now they’re owning up to his condition which was obvious years ago.

Here’s the family’s statement:

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. In the spirit of that, 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.

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.

To read our full statement and learn more about this disease please go to the link in our bio.
In Love & Gratitude
Ladies of Willis/Moore
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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