EntertainmentFacing frontotemporal dementia: Bruce Willis' new chapter surrounded by love

Facing frontotemporal dementia: Bruce Willis' new chapter surrounded by love

Bruce Willis
Bruce Willis
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10:51 AM EDT, May 9, 2024

Bruce Willis has been absent from film sets for several years. The celebrated actor had to conclude his career due to health challenges. At 69, he is facing a serious illness. Fortunately, in what might be termed the twilight years of his life, he is surrounded by the women closest to him.

Bruce Willis is indelibly etched in the annals of world cinema as one of the most luminous film stars of the 1990s. He starred in many iconic films, including The Fifth Element, The Sixth Sense, and, of course, the Die Hard series.

Bruce Willis's daughter discusses his illness

In recent years, Willis has featured more in critically fantastic TV movies than blockbuster films. It eventually emerged that his health issues were behind this shift. In 2022, he retired from acting due to progressive aphasia, a condition that made it challenging for him to continue working. A year later, Bruce was diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia, a subset of dementia.

Throughout his illness, Bruce Willis has been supported not only by his current wife, Emmy Heming, but also by Demi Moore, his partner during his peak in the 90s. The actor enjoys regular visits from his children from both unions. Recently, his eldest daughter, Rumer, shared insights into how the 69-year-old is coping.

"He's doing great. Yes, yes, he's doing well. Thank you very much for asking," she disclosed in an interview with Fox News.

Bruce Willis as a grandfather

Rumer expressed her deep gratitude for the outpouring of support and kind messages from her father's fans. She believes that sharing updates on how Willis is managing his illness and spending time with his loved ones offers hope to others facing similar challenges.

Despite his advancing disease, the actor continues to engage in life as a husband, father, and grandfather. Rumer recounted a recent visit to her father, accompanied by her nearly 13-month-old daughter.

"It was incredibly touching and beautiful to watch him shower my daughter with love," she recounted in an interview with Entertainment Weekly.

It's important to note that Bruce Willis is the father of five daughters and, to date, has one granddaughter.

Bruce Willis with daughters
Bruce Willis with daughters© Getty Images | Alberto E. Rodriguez
Bruce Willis with family
Bruce Willis with family© Getty Images | Alberto E. Rodriguez
Bruce Willis with daughter Rumer
Bruce Willis with daughter Rumer© Getty Images | Alberto E. Rodriguez
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