The family of actor Bruce Willis said on Wednesday that he has been diagnosed with aphasia, a language disease brought on by brain injury and that he will be “moving away” from acting. The family of the 67-year-old Die Hard actor shared the news on Instagram: “To Bruce’s incredible supporters, as a family, we wanted to communicate that our beloved Bruce has been suffering some health concerns and has recently been diagnosed with aphasia, which is hurting his cognitive abilities.”
“As a result of this and after careful contemplation, Bruce is leaving the profession that has meant a great deal to him.” The message read, “This is a tremendously difficult moment for our family and we are so appreciative of your continuous love, compassion, and support.”
We are dealing with this as a strong family unit, and we wanted to include his fans since we are aware of how important they are to both of you. Aphasia, which affects the part of the brain that controls language, can make it difficult for a person to communicate, according to Johns Hopkins Medicine. It frequently results from a stroke.
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It “is an extremely tough moment” for them all, the Bruce family said in their Instagram messages, adding “we are so appreciative of your continuous love, sympathy and support.”
“We are dealing with this as a solid family and wanted to invite his fans because we are aware of how important they are to both of you. Live it up, as Bruce often says, and that’s exactly what we’re going to do “The actor’s daughters Rumer, Scout, Tallulah, Mabel, and Evelyn Willis, along with Bruce’s wife Emma Heming Willis and his ex-wife Demi Moore, concluded by signing the letter.
Bruce is renowned for his extensive career in Hollywood, which spans several decades. He frequently portrays the main character in action movies like Armageddon, Die Hard, and its sequels.
Additionally, he has starred in classic movies like Pulp Fiction, The Fifth Element, The Sixth Sense, 12 Monkeys, and Sin City, frequently playing tough guys with good hearts. He most recently acted in the acclaimed action film Death Wish, which Eli Roth directed in 2018.
Bruce has several projects scheduled for release in 2022 and has won multiple honours, including a Golden Globe Award and two Emmy Awards.
Bruce’s co-star Reginald VelJohnson described his committed performance as New York City police detective John McClane during a 2018 screening of Die Hard for its 30th anniversary as follows: “I believe it was his first major motion picture, so he wanted to get everything right and have it turn out well. He was more focused on the task at hand than anything else.”
According to Bonnie Bedelia, who played John’s wife Holly Gennaro McClane, “This was his first movie, he was the star of a great blockbuster, and it was very heavily marketed that he was making $5 million, which at the time was extraordinary.” “And everyone questioned why $5 million would be given to an unproven movie star. But yeah, that person sure was intelligent.”
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In addition to Rumer, 33, Scout, 30, and Tallulah, 28, who he shares with Moore, Bruce and his wife Emma, 43, also have two daughters, Mabel, 9, and Evelyn, 7.
The families frequently express their affection for one another, and during the COVID-19 pandemic, Moore, 59, even spent some time self-isolating with Bruce and their kids.
Rumer acknowledged to PEOPLE in October 2021 that she was the product of divorced parents and thanked both her parents for ensuring that she “never” felt forced to choose one parent over the other.
She expressed her gratitude for everyone’s efforts to have a frank, sincere, and profound discussion. “I think that being honest and just truly communicating well and having strong tools for communication, in any relationship—whether it’s with a partner, whether it’s with your family or your friends—is so immensely crucial,” the author said.
She said, “I have a lot of acquaintances who had parents that split when they were young, and I saw their parents, like, push them against each other or make them choose between holidays. And I didn’t have to do it, and I’m incredibly appreciative of my parents for prioritising our ability to be a family even though it may have appeared otherwise.