Bruce Willis ‘stepping away’ from acting due to aphasia diagnosis, family say

Hollywood star Bruce Willis is ‘walking away’ from his career due to a recent diagnosis of aphasia, a language disorder it affects a person’s ability to communicate, his family said Wednesday.

“To the amazing Bruce supporters, as a family we wanted to share that our beloved Bruce has had health issues and was recently diagnosed with aphasia, which is impacting his cognitive abilities,” wrote his family in a post on his daughter Rumer’s Instagram. Account. “As a result and with great consideration, Bruce is stepping away from the career that meant so much to him.”

“This is a really difficult time for our family and we very much appreciate your continued love, compassion and support,” his family added. “We’re going through this as a strong family unit and we wanted to bring in his fans because we know how much he means to you, just like you mean to him.”

The message was signed by Willis’ current wife, Emma Heming Willis, as well as former wife, actress Demi Moore, and her children Rumer, Scout, Tallulah, Mabel and Evelyn. Demi, Scout and Tallulah all posted the same message on their own Instagram pages.

Willis, 67, is best known for his starring role as New York City cop John McClane in the ‘Die Hard’ films, although his acting career has spanned decades and included ‘Pulp Fiction’, ‘The Sixth Sense” and the television series “Au noir de la lune”. He’s won more than 20 awards, including a Golden Globe for “Moonlighting” and a Primetime Emmy each for “Moonlighting” and his appearance on “Friends,” according to his IMDB profile.

He was married to Moore for 13 years before their divorce in 2000 and had three children. He is now married to Heming Willis, with whom he has two children.

According to Johns Hopkins Medicine, aphasia is a language disorder that results from damage to the area of ​​the brain that controls the expression and understanding of language. The disorder “leaves a person unable to communicate effectively with others,” Johns Hopkins said, noting that the severity of the disorder depends on which parts of the brain are affected. According to the American Speech-Language Hearing Association, a diagnosis of aphasia does not necessarily mean that cognitive abilities, such as memory or executive functioning, are affected.

Johns Hopkins said there are several causes for aphasia, including stroke, head injury, brain tumor, infection, or dementia. It is unclear which of these factors, if any, caused Willis to develop the disorder.

It’s possible for people with aphasia to make a full recovery, and speech therapy can help people recover some speech and language functions, Johns Hopkins said — but most will permanently retain some form of aphasia.

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