Bruce Willis’ wife issues statement to people approaching the star following dementia diagnosis

Emma Heming Willis took to Instagram to deliver a message to paparazzis following husband Bruce Willis’ dementia diagnosis

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Bruce Willis’ wife, Emma Heming Willis has issued a heartfelt statement to paparazzis approaching her husband on the street following his recent health issues. The Die Hard actor’s family confirmed in February this year that Bruce, 67, had been diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia.

The former model spoke out over the weekend, saying: “I know this is your job, but maybe just keep your space”, and urging photographers and paparazzis to be respectful.

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The 44-year-old added: “Please don’t be yelling at my husband, asking him how he’s doing, or whatever. The woo-hooing and the yippee-ki-yays — just don’t do it. Give him the space.

“Allow for our family or whoever’s with him that day to be able to get him from Point A to Point B safely. That’s my PSA.”

Willis’ daughter, Rumer, announced last year that the Pulp Fiction star would retire from acting after having been diagnosed aphasia, and wrote on Instagram at the time: “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.”

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She then revealed again in February that Bruce’s condition has worsened and that the actor has since been diagnosed with dementia. The family has since drafted specialists to help with his degenerative condition.