‘He’s not totally verbal.’ Bruce Willis’ family and friends have given an update on his health.

More than a year on from Bruce Willis’ diagnosis with aphasia and later frontotemporal dementia, a friend has given an update on the 68-year-old actor’s health.

Glenn Gordon Caron, the creator of Moonlighting, a series Willis starred in during the ’80s, told the New York Post: “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. 

“All those 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.”

Recently, Willis’ wife Emma Heming told the Today Show the impact the disease is having not only on her husband but their whole family. 

“What I’m learning is that dementia is hard. It’s hard on the person diagnosed. It’s also hard on the family. And that is no different for Bruce, or myself, or our girls. When they say that this is a family disease, it really is.”

The actor’s health battle. 

In March 2022, a joint statement was posted on his family’s social media accounts, explaining that the actor has been diagnosed with aphasia, a language disorder that has hampered his “cognitive abilities”.

“To Bruce’s amazing supporters, as a family we wanted to share that our beloved Bruce has been experiencing some health issues and has recently been diagnosed with aphasia, which is impacting his cognitive abilities,” the statement read. 

“As a result of this and with much consideration Bruce is stepping away from the career that has meant so much to him.