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Bruce Willis’ daughter Scout reacts to dementia diagnosis

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Scout Willis said she is “overwhelmed” after she and her family revealed her father, Bruce Willis, has been diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia (FTD).

Taking to Instagram late on Thursday to update fans on her feelings, Scout shared a selfie wearing a cosy hoodie and wrote: “Feeling emotionally tired and a bit overwhelmed, yet also very in awe of the love so many people have for my papa”.

Ms Willis, 31, received additional support from her sisters, Rumer Willis and Tallulah Willis, who re-shared her post on their own accounts and echoed that they are “grateful” for the support that has poured in since making their announcement, reported the New York Post’s Page Six.

“Second this Scouter feeling the abundant love for our guy and our family,” Tallulah, 29, wrote.

“I third this Scouter and Buusk feeling so deeply grateful and in awe of the love for our sweet Daddio,” Rumer, 34, added.

The Die Hard star’s entire family, including ex-wife Demi Moore, released a joint statement Thursday afternoon explaining the “cruel” diagnosis he had finally received after initially being told he was suffering from aphasia.

“Today there are no treatments for the disease, a reality that we hope can change in the years ahead,” the family wrote.

“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 group explained that Willis, 67, is unable to respond to his situation but said if he “could,” he would express his appreciation for the love he has received.

“Bruce has always found joy in life — and has helped everyone he knows to do the same,” the family wrote. “It has meant the world to see that sense of care echoed back to him and to all of us.”

The retired actor shares Scout, Rumer (who is pregnant with her first child) and Tallulah with Moore, to whom he was married from 1987 to 2000.

Willis and current wife Emma Heming, whom he married in 2009, share daughters Mabel, 10, and Evelyn, 8.

This story appeared in the New York Post and is reproduced with permission.

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