Wendy Williams Diagnosed With Frontotemporal Dementia and Aphasia

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Former talk show host’s care team shared health update ahead of two-part Lifetime documentary, Where Is Wendy Williams?

Wendy Williams‘ has been diagnosed with primary progressive aphasia and frontotemporal dementia. Her care team revealed the diagnosis, which was given to her last year, in a statement on Thursday, saying she received numerous tests after “she began to lose words, act erratically at times, and have difficulty understanding financial transactions.”

Williams has encountered numerous health setbacks in recent years, including ongoing struggles with Graves’ Disease and Lymphedema. She has also battled addiction throughout her life, having begun living in a sober house in 2019.

“The decision to share this news was difficult and made after careful consideration, not only to advocate for understanding and compassion for Wendy, but to raise awareness about aphasia and frontotemporal dementia and support the thousands of others facing similar circumstances,” the statement continued. Her team noted that Williams had an early diagnosis and has been able to receive crucial care.

“Wendy is still able to do many things for herself. Most importantly she maintains her trademark sense of humor and is receiving the care she requires to make sure she is protected and that her needs are addressed. She is appreciative of the many kind thoughts and good wishes being sent her way.”

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Bruce Willis was also diagnosed with the same disease last year. While aphasia affects language and communication abilities, dementia impacts behavior and cognitive functions.

News of Williams’ diagnosis comes just days before a two-part documentary titled Where Is Wendy Williams? airs on Lifetime. The film followed two years in the media personality’s life as she faced a decline in her health that ultimately led to her being placed under court-ordered guardianship in 2022.

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