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What is Frontotemporal Dementia – Rare Disorder Without Cure That Has Left Bruce Willis Unable to Communicate After Forcing ‘Die Hard’ Star to Retire from Hollywood?

What is Frontotemporal Dementia - Rare Disorder Without Cure That Has Left Bruce Willis Unable to Communicate After Forcing 'Die Hard' Star to Retire from Hollywood?

Bruce Willis is one of the most prominent veteran stars. Willis was one of the hit stars of his time and the impact he left on audiences can still be felt today. Willis gained public attention and fame by featuring as the lead role in the comedy series Moonlighting and has made his appearance in over 100 films. The most prominent role played by Willis is of John McClane in the Die Hard franchise.

Bruce Willis was a household name back in the 80s and 90s. The actor proved himself a commercial hit over his successful career. Willis has been honored with awards like Golden Globes in the past. The Sixth Sense star had his Hollywood Walk of fame in 2006. Some of his prominent evergreen performances are featured in The Last Boy ScoutDeath Becomes HerPulp Fiction12 MonkeysThe Fifth ElementArmageddonThe Sixth SenseUnbreakableSin CityRed, and many more. The superstar went missing from the public’s eye because of his incurable disorder, now diagnosed to be Frontotemporal Dementia. 

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Bruce Willis
Bruce Willis

What Is Frontotemporal Dementia?

Frontotemporal Dementia is an umbrella term for several brain disorders which primarily affect the frontal and temporal lobes of the brain. In this disorder, portions of these lobes shrink, resulting in a wide variety of symptoms that needs to be addressed by professionals. The symptoms of incurable dementia include behavioral changes, severe speech and language problems, and distorted motor activities. This disorder currently lacks a proper cure and treatment, but the condition of the patient can be improved through therapies. 

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Bruce Willis in his hit Die Hard franchise
Bruce Willis in his hit Die Hard franchise

Bruce Willis Diagnosed With Incurable Dementia

Bruce Willis‘ family recently announced that The Last Boy Scout star was getting treated for FTD. Though they also added that the present condition of the star has progressed. The statement released by Willis’ family stated that in spring 2022 the actor was diagnosed with aphasia, a disorder that affects the communication abilities of an individual. The Live Free or Die Hard star’s condition has progressed and he has received a much more specific diagnosis of Frontotemporal Dementia. 

The chances of FTD (Frontotemporal Dementia) increase after an individual crosses 60 years of age. Willis is currently 67. His family made sure to express their gratitude to all the fans and well-wishers who rooted for the well-being of the legendary actor. The statement added that the difficulties in speech and language are just one symptom of the incurable disorder and that the veteran star is suffering from much more.

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Bruce Willis diagnosed with Frontotemporal Dementia
Bruce Willis diagnosed with Frontotemporal Dementia

Fans were disheartened witnessing the tragic news of their beloved superstar. The disorder forced the talented star to retire. FTD may not have any proper cure currently, but hopefully, the condition of Willis will be improved with the expert’s guidance and fans’ support.

Source: Demi Moore

Written by Vivek Kumar

A young passionate mind with a knack for writing. Vivek Kumar is currently majoring in Psychology and is set to share his thoughts with the rest of the world with his critical writing. If he is not writing he can be seen binging anime.