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Bruce Willis has been diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia

Written by on February 17, 2023

Demi Moore has announced that her ex-husband Bruce Willis has been diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia.

The actor shared an update about Willis’ health in a message posted to Instagram on Thursday, Feb. 16 and signed by his family.

“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,” the statement said. “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.”

The family continued, “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 caption was signed by the “Ladies of Willis/Moore.” Moore and Willis’ three daughters — Rumer, 34, Scout, 31, and Tallulah, 29 — and his wife, Emma Heming Willis, all uploaded the same statement to their own respective Instagram pages.

They also penned a lengthier statement about the 67-year-old actor’s health on The Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration’s website.

They described FTD as a “cruel disease” that can affect anyone.

“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 family wrote.

Willis’ family applauded him for always using his platform to help those in need and to call attention to important issues.

Story by Ariana Brockington

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