Hollywood star Bruce Willis diagnosed with dementia as family release emotional statement
February 16, 2023
Bruce Willis’ heartbroken family have issued a devastating update on the Hollywood star’s health – revealing he has been diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia.
The Pulp Fiction and Fifth Element actor, 67, has been on a break from acting since March last year when his family announced he was struggling.
Bruce’s daughter Rumer, who he shares with ex-wife Demi Moore, announced the tragic update in a new Instagram post this evening.
“Our family wanted to start by expressing our deepest gratitude for the incredible outpouring of love, support and wonderful stories we have all received since sharing Bruce’s original diagnosis,” wrote the 34-year-old.
She added: “In the spirit of that, we wanted to give you an update about our beloved husband, father and friend since we now have a deeper understanding of what he is experiencing.
“Since we announced Bruce’s diagnosis of aphasia in spring 2022, Bruce’s condition has progressed and we now have a more specific diagnosis: frontotemporal dementia (known as FTD).
“Unfortunately, challenges with communication are just one symptom of the disease Bruce faces. While this is painful, it is a relief to finally have a clear diagnosis.”
The family’s statement continued on The Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration’s website, explaining that “FTD is a cruel disease that many of us have never heard of and can strike anyone”.
“Today there are no treatments for the disease, a reality that we hope can change in the years ahead,” the official statement adds. “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.
“Bruce always believed in using his voice in the world to help others, and to raise awareness about important issues both publicly and privately.
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