Bruce Willis has 'no joie de vivre' and is 'not totally verbal' amid dementia battle

Bruce Willis is now "not totally verbal" according to long term friend and Moonlighting director Glenn Gordon Caron.

Speaking to the New York Post, Caron said he had been visiting Willis almost every month since the Die Hard actor was first diagnosed with aphasia and dementia in March 2022.

"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," Caron said. 

"I have tried very hard to stay in his life. 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. He loved life and just adored waking up every morning and trying to live life to its fullest.

"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. 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."

Willis had his big break on TV series Moonlighting in 1985 when he was cast as detective David Addison opposite Cybill Shepherd.

In February the family of Bruce Willis announced the actor was suffering from a form of dementia called frontotemporal dementia, or FTD for short.

"Today there are no treatments for the disease, a reality that we hope can change in the years ahead. As Bruce's condition advances, we hope that any media attention can be focused on shining a light on this disease that needs far more awareness and research," the statement said at the time.