Fans noticed that Bruce Willis appeared to be missing a tooth in video footage of his 68th birthday celebration, which sounded alarming.
The 68-year-old’s ex-wife Demi Moore posted the poignant video last week, just one month after it was revealed that the “Die Hard” actor was suffering from dementia.
Moore, Willis’ wife Emma Heming Willis, and his daughters can be heard serenading the action movie icon with the birthday song in the touching video, with Willis himself participating for a few seconds.
The “Sixth Sense” actor then extinguished the candles on his birthday cake, prompting the audience to exclaim “hip hip hooray!”
“Happiness on your birthday, BW!” Moore, age 60, exclaimed in the caption. “We are so happy to honor you today. We adore you and our family. Thank you to everyone for their affection and well wishes; we all feel them.”
During the festivities, it appeared as though Willis was missing a front tooth.
While the birthday party was undoubtedly heartfelt, many guests could not help but note that the actor appeared to be toothless.
Doesn’t anyone notice Bruce’s front tooth is missing? What occurred there? one commenter expressed concern in the remarks section.
One more said, “Bruce is missing a tooth.”
While numerous onlookers reiterated this inquiry, one viewer advised the original commenter to “mind your own business.”
Willis’ family disclosed last month that the “Tears of the Sun” actor suffered from frontotemporal dementia, a degenerative disorder caused by neuronal injury in the frontal and temporal lobes of the brain.
Last month, they penned a joint statement declaring that “FTD is a cruel disease.” There are currently no treatments for the disease, a situation we hope will change in the coming years.
It occurred nearly a year after the actor was diagnosed with aphasia, a communication-impairing brain disorder that forced him to retire from acting at the beginning of the previous year. Reportedly, Willis had been laboring on set prior to his diagnosis.
In fact, earlier in the day on Sunday, Emma Heming Willis uploaded a devastating Instagram video in which she described experiencing mourning and loss on her husband’s first birthday after being diagnosed with dementia.
“I began the day by crying,” the model said in the video, adding that she had to put on her “big girl pants” and be strong for her two children.
She added in the caption, “The silver lining or the flip side is that I’m so fortunate to feel your warmth and love for my husband and our family.” The only thing I can say in response to your messages and anecdotes is to thank you.
Later, Heming posted a video montage of her spouse along with the caption, “He is unadulterated affection. He is so cherished. And I will love him forever. Happy Birthday, sweetheart!”
Willis and Heming have been married since 2009 and have two young children, Mabel, 10, and Evelyn, 8.
From 1987 to 2000, he was married to Demi Moore, with whom he had three adult daughters: Rumer, 34, Scout, 31, and Tallulah Willis, 29.