Rumer Willis remembers his father, Bruce Willisbefore his battle with dementia.
“I really miss my dad today,” Rumer, 35, wrote on Instagram on November 20. In the sweet throwback, the “Die Hard” star, now 68, is shown smiling and holding baby Rumer.
In March 2022, Bruce’s family announced that he would stop acting after being diagnosed with aphasia. Nearly a year later, they revealed he had been diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia, known as FTD. This disease is a less common type of dementia that affects the frontal and temporal lobes of the brain. FTD impacts communication, executive functioning, behavior, and personality.
Earlier this month, Rumer’s sister, Tallulah, appeared on “The Drew Barrymore Show” where she spoke about their father’s worsening condition.
“What’s going on with my dad? He has a very aggressive cognitive disease, a very rare form of dementia,” Tallulah explained.
As Bruce moves further and further away, Tallulah says she goes through his possessions and learns more about him.
“A really beautiful way for me to heal from this situation is to become like an archaeologist with my dad’s stuff, his world, his little trinkets and his gadgets,” she said on the show.
In June, Rumer celebrated Bruce on Father’s Day with a touching tribute on Instagram.
“Seeing my father hold my daughter today was something I will cherish for the rest of my life. His gentleness and love for her was so pure and beautiful,” Rumer began. “Dad, I’m so lucky to have you and Lou too. Thank you for being the silliest, most loving, coolest Daddio a girl could ask for. Best Girl Dad in the game…”
Rumer and her partner, musician Derek Richard Thomas, welcomed their first child, Lou, in April.
Bruce Willis shares his daughters Rumer, Scout, 32, and Tallulah, 29, with his ex-wife and close friend, Demi Moore. The actor and Emma Heming Willis, married for 14 years, are the parents of Mabel, 11, and Evelyn, 9.
This article was originally published on TODAY.com
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