Bruce Willis, a Hollywood star, was seen in public for the first time since his family revealed he had frontotemporal dementia.
The “Die Hard” actor, 67, was seen and videotaped out with two companions in Santa Monica, California, on Thursday, March 2.
The actor donned a grey beanie, a blue hoodie, and black slacks, which he accessorized with a black watch.
His public appearance comes two weeks after his family disclosed he had been diagnosed with the “cruel disease,” which can cause slower movement, stiffness, balance issues, and behavioral or linguistic disorders.
“While this is painful, it is a relief to finally have a clear diagnosis,” his wife, Emma Heming, ex-wife Demi Moore and five daughters said on the Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration website on Feb. 16.
“FTD is a horrible disease that many of us have never heard of and that can affect anyone. FTD is the most frequent form of dementia in those under 60, and because diagnosis can take years, FTD is likely considerably more prevalent than we know,” the family said.
While Willis’ family stated that there are “no therapies” for the sickness, they hoped that “any media exposure” would bring notice to the ailment, which “needs greater awareness and research.”
“Bruce has always found joy in life – and has helped everyone he knows do the same. “Seeing that level of caring mirrored back to him and to all of us has meant the world,” the statement added.
“We have been so moved by the love you have all shared for our dear husband, father, and friend during this difficult time. Your continued compassion, understanding, and respect will enable us to help Bruce live as full a life as possible.”