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“This Is a Family Disease”: Despite Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone’s Support, Bruce Willis’s Wife Makes Heart-Wrenching Confession About Their Struggles

Published 09/26/2023, 3:30 AM EDT

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Hollywood action icon Bruce Willis rose to fame with the legendary Die Hard franchise. While Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone fought for box-office glory, Willis established himself as a reliable leading man for action films. While the trio started as rivals, over the years, they became friends. Schwarzenegger, Stallone, and Willis even starred in the Expendables franchise. However, earlier this year, tragedy struck the Willis family. The Golden Globe winner fell sick and announced he was retiring from acting. 

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Later, the 68-year-old’s family announced he had been diagnosed with Frontotemporal Dementia. The situation was grim because, like all dementia patients, Willis was having trouble with his memory. The news devasted the entire industry, and his friends Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone offered their help. However, Willis’s wife, Emma Heming Willis, in a recent interview, made a heartbreaking confession about her husband’s condition.

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Dementia not only causes memory-related issues but, in severe cases, renders its victim unable to function. The patient is unable to function normally and forgets how to do even day-to-day tasks. During the interview, Emma Heming Willis explained how hard the situation has been for Bruce Willis, her, and their entire family.

“Just let me start off by asking, how are you? And how is Bruce doing?” asked TODAY co-anchor Hoda Kotb. “You know, what I’m learning is that dementia is hard,” said the actor’s wife. “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.” Emma Heming Willis told Kotb.


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The 45-year-old appeared on the show to talk about her husband in honor of World FTD Awareness Week. Willis joined Susan Dickinson, the CEO of the Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration. The former model also said that the family has spent time understanding how dementia works, and it has made things easier to process. However, despite the efforts of Arnie and Sly, Willis’s situation hasn’t improved.

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Willis’s co-stars and former business partners are always ready to help their friends. Whether it be emotional or monetary support, the Commnado and Rambo actors are willing to go to any length to help Willis and his family in their trying time. Shortly after the family announced the 68-year-old’s dementia diagnosis, his ex-wife, Demi Moore, called the action icons.

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Demi Moore had planned a movie night and invited the actors to relive their glorious moments to help stimulate Willi’s memories. According to a report by RadarOnline, an insider had opened up about how grateful the family feels to have the Terminator and Rocky actors’ support.


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While Willis’s family and friends are leaving no stone unturned to help the actor, unfortunately, dementia is an incurable disease. The family has a long and challenging road ahead in managing symptoms and preserving the actor’s quality of life.

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Sagnik Bagchi


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Sagnik Bagchi is a sports writer at EssentiallySports who specializes in American sports. He has a deep understanding of combat sports, gymnastics, and weightlifting. He holds a Master's Degree in English Literature from a top university.
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