Bruce Willis Is “No Longer Verbal” Following Heartbreaking Dementia Diagnosis
Following the heartbreaking news by Bruce Willis’ family earlier this year regarding the actor’s aphasia diagnosis, a close friend of the actor has revealed that Bruce has started losing his ’language skills.’ Bruce’s struggle with dementia resulted in him quitting acting, and now, according to the recent update, he is ’no longer verbal.’
1. Bruce Willis is now ’not totally verbal’.
This March, Bruce Willis’ family revealed to the public that Bruce’s brain condition, ’aphasia,’ had progressed to frontotemporal dementia (FTD). Now, Glenn Gordon Caron, the creator of the 1980s sitcom Moonlighting starring Bruce Willis, revealed that the actor was unable to talk to him upon his visit.
‘My sense is the first one to three minutes he knows who I am,’ revealed Glenn. "He’s not totally verbal; he used to be a voracious reader — he didn’t want anyone to know that — and he’s not reading now.’ He also said that while Bruce’s language skills are no longer ‘available to him, and yet he’s still Bruce. When you’re with him, you know that he’s Bruce and you’re grateful that he’s there, but the joie de vivre is gone.’
The actor’s family and friends continue to support him through his illness.
Glenn continues: "The thing that makes [his disease] so mind-blowing is if you’ve ever spent time with Bruce Willis, there is no one who had any more joie de vivre than he.’ According to Bruce’s friend, while previously Bruce’ just adored waking up every morning and trying to live life to its fullest,’ he now lives as though ‘seeing life through a screen door.’
Bruce is currently being cared for by his wife, Emma Heming Willis, with whom he shares two daughters. He also remains friends with his ex-wife, Demi Moore, with whom he shares three daughters. The family has been extremely supportive of the actor amidst his tough health conditions. In an interview, Bruce’s wife Emma said it’s ’hard to know’ if the actor knows his condition.