Die Hard star Bruce Willis will step away from his acting after being diagnosed with aphasia, his family said in a statement on Wednesday. According to WebMD, aphasia is a communication disorder that makes it hard to use words. It can affect your speech, writing, and ability to understand language.
The statement read, “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.” The family posted a joint statement on social media announcing Willis’ retirement.
It further read, “This is a really challenging time for our family and we are so appreciative of your continued love, compassion and support. We are moving through this as a strong family unit, and wanted to bring his fans in because we know how much he means to you, as you do to him. As Bruce always says, “Live it up” and together we plan to do just that. Love, Emma, Demi, Rumer, Scout, Tallulah, Mabel, & Evelyn.”
Having begun his acting career in 1980s, he achieved fame with a leading role on the comedy-drama series Moonlighting. He then went onto act in popular films like Pulp Fiction (1994), 12 Monkeys (1995), Last Man Standing (1996), Armageddon (1998), The Sixth Sense (1999) and Surrogates (2009).
Willis has won one Golden Globe Award and two Emmys. He was last seen in A Day to Die, which hit screens in March this year.