Bruce Willis Recently Diagnosed With FTD

Iconic Actor Known For The Sixth Sense, Bruce Willis, Announces He Has Been Diagnosed With FTD

Linnea Sundquist, Entertainment Section Editor

Bruce Willis is a widely known actor for movies such as the Die Hard franchise as well as Pulp Fiction and The Sixth Sense. Willis is a beloved actor by many and has shocked the world with his incredible talent. With the news of his recent diagnosis of FTD, we can’t help but think of his family and how they are currently dealing with the sad news.


Frontotemporal Dementia, or better known as FTD, is the damage of neurons in the frontal and temporal lobes of the brain. This is a very devastating disease with a life expectancy of six to eight years, with an age range that can develop as early as your 20s, but typically occurs within your 50s and 60s. At the beginning stages of FTD, victims of the disease will experience loss of speech and language as well as unusual antisocial behavior or personality changes. While in later stages people will experience movement disorders such as muscle weakness, twitches, and unsteadiness. Sadly, FTD usually is not immediately diagnosed, in most cases it is mistaken for Alzheimer’s disease or Parkinson’s disease. 


Unfortunately, there is no cure for FTD, but you can treat the symptoms to ease patients suffering as well as to still try and have a good quality of life. Other resources such as a pathologist that can help with speech and language issues and physical therapy is also a great resource to help patients with muscle movements. This disease is truly heartbreaking and has cost so many friends and family heartache over its devastating effects. 


Willis’s family has made statements on social media about the diagnose and fans are beyond devastated. Willis has not only made an impact on Hollywood, but in peoples homes as well. Thoughts will be sent out to his family and friends during this difficult time and we offer condolences for him and hope that he lives out the rest of his life peacefully.