In a joint statement, the family of Hollywood star Bruce Willis (67) made his dementia public. The 67-year-old was diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia, also known as FDT, in which nerve cells in the forehead and temples of the brain die off. According to the family, the star's health has recently deteriorated. In March of last year, Willis' family announced that the former actor had been diagnosed with aphasia.
There was sympathy and dismay after the latest statement shared by Willis' wife Emma Heming-Willis, 44, his ex-wife Demi Moore, 60, and his daughters on social media. "Your father is such a damn legend," wrote "Breaking Bad" actor Aaron Paul (43) under Rumer Willis's (34) Instagram post. "I hug you and your wonderful family." Ireland Baldwin (27) sends "all my love" to Rumer and her family. Alyssa Milano (50) or Wilmer Valderrama (43) also showed their sympathy.
Colleagues like Selma Blair (50), Michelle Pfeiffer (64) or Melanie Griffith (65) left heart emojis under Demi Moore's post. "Thank you for sharing this with us. I send love to Bruce and all the families," said Rita Wilson (66). "Send you love and strength to get through this together," wrote model Helena Christensen (54) to Tallulah Willis' (29) post.
The "more accurate diagnosis of frontotemporal dementia" is "painful" for Willis' family members, but at the same time it is "a relief to finally have a clear diagnosis," the joint statement said. "Today there is no treatment for this disease, a fact which we hope may change in the years to come," said the family, who accompanied the statement with a photo of a happy-looking Bruce Willis on a beach.