Hollywood legend Bruce Willis is allegedly no longer fully verbal amid his ongoing dementia decline.
The 68-year-old Die Hard star was previously diagnosed with aphasia, a condition caused by brain damage that results in complications with language expression and understanding.
A year after Willis retired from acting for good to focus on his private life, and just months after his wife revealed his illness had progressed, a source confirmed that the actor is “not totally verbal.”
The family friend also claimed that Willis had lost his enjoyment of life known as joie de vivre.
“My sense is the first one to three minutes he knows who I am. 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,” Moonlighting creator Glenn Gordon Caron told PageSix.
The mastermind behind the 1980s sitcom added: “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.”
Caron also admitted that he’s been trying to visit Bruce on a regular basis and spend more time with the actor and his family.
“I’m not always quite that good, but I try and I do talk to him and his wife and I have a casual relationship with his three older children. I have tried very hard to stay in his life,” he added.
“The thing that makes [his illness] 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. He just adored waking up every morning and trying to live life to its fullest, now it’s just seeing life through a screen door.”
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