Bruce Willis diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia as family release statement

Bruce Willis' family have announced that the star, 67, has been diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia.

In a social media post shared by Bruce's ex-wife Demi Moore and current wife Emma Heming Willis, as well as the star's eldest children Rumer, Scout and Tallulah, the family made the "painful" statement.

Alongside a photograph of Bruce, it read: "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.

"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.

"To read our full statement and learn more about this disease please go to the link in our bio. In Love & Gratitude Ladies of Willis/Moore."

Fans were quick to share their support and love for the family with one person writing: "Sending prayers to him and your entire family" with two heart emojis.

A different account put: "So much love and respect for sharing this very personal news . Love and blessings @demimoore @scoutlaruewillis @buuski @rumerwillis."

Another follower wrote: "Holding you and your family in love and light."

While a different fan added: "@demimoore thinking of all of you. Sending so much love, strength and light your way. @emmahemingwillis love you all ."

It comes after Bruce announced in March 2022 that he had been diagnosed with a brain condition and was retiring from acting.

The Hollywood legend shared at the time that he had been diagnosed with aphasia – a condition which has affected his cognitive abilities.

A statement by Bruce’s family was shared on Instagram, announcing the news at the time

It read: "To Bruce’s amazing supporters, as a family we wanted to share that our beloved Bruce has been experiencing some health issues and has recently been diagnosed with aphasia, which is impacting his cognitive abilities.

"As a result of this and with much consideration Bruce is stepping away from the career that has meant so much to him.

"This is a really challenging time for our family and we are so appreciative of your continued love, compassion and support.

"We are moving through this as a strong family unit, and wanted to bring his fans in because we know how much he means to you, as you do to him.

"As Bruce always says, 'Live it up' and together we plan to do just that."

The statement was signed off with: "Love, Emma, Demi, Rumer, Scout, Tallulah, Mabel, & Evelyn."

According to the NHS, aphasia is when a person has difficulty with their language or speech. It's usually caused by damage to the left side of the brain.

Bruce was married to fellow A-lister Demi Moore for 23 years and together they share daughters Rumer, Scout, Tallulah.

He is also dad to two daughters with his second wife, Emma Heming Willis.

Bruce’s lengthy and hugely successful career has seen him star in many hit films such as Pulp Fiction, Sin City and Armageddon.

One of his biggest roles is that of John McClane in 80s blockbuster Die Hard, which spawned a franchise.


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