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Bruce Willis has been diagnosed with dementia.

The actor’s family released a statement on Instagram confirming the news after the actor was diagnosed with aphasia last year. The Die Hard star retired from acting as soon as the diagnosis was made.

The statement, released by Willis, his wife Emma Heming, his ex-wife Demi Moore and his five daughters, 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.”

The statement went on to say that since the aphasia diagnosis, the actor’s condition progressed and he has 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. While this is painful, it is a relief to finally have a clear diagnosis.”

The statement also detailed how little information there is about the disease and the family hopes the media attention can highlight this aspect and advance research.

“Today there are no treatments for the disease, a reality that we hope can change in the years ahead. As Bruce’s condition advances, we hope that any media attention can be focused on shining a light on this disease that needs for more awareness and research.”

Image credit: CNN

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