Bruce Willis ‘steps away’ from acting after aphasia diagnosis | News

American actor Bruce Willis is retiring, his family has announced after the award-winning film star was diagnosed with aphasia, a disease that affects people’s communication skills.

“Bruce has had some health issues and was recently diagnosed with aphasia, which is impacting his cognitive abilities,” his daughter, Rummer Willis, said in an Instagram post on Wednesday.

“As a result, and with a lot of attention, Bruce is stepping away from the career that has meant so much to him.”

The message is signed by Willis’ current wife, Emma Heming Willis, as well as his former wife, actress Demi Moore, and his children Rumer, Scout, Tallulah, Mabel and Evelyn.

“This is a truly challenging time for our family and we are so grateful for your continued love, compassion and support,” the statement read.

“We are going through this as a strong family unit and wanted to bring in his fans because we know how much he means to you, just like you do to him. As Bruce always says, ‘Live it up’ and together we plan to make that happen. to do.”

Willis, 67, who rose to initial fame on the 1980s comedy-drama TV series Moonlighting before becoming the tough action hero who shouted “Yippee Ki Yay” in five Die Hard films, has appeared in about 100 films in his four-decade career.

He was acclaimed for roles in Pulp Fiction and The Sixth Sense, taking home a Golden Globe Award and two Emmys.

But last weekend he got a much less welcome award – the Razzie for ‘Worst Performance by Bruce Willis in a 2021 Movie’, a specially created category.

‘Heartbreaking’

According to the Mayo Clinic, aphasia is common after a stroke or head injury and “can affect your ability to speak, write, and understand language, both orally and in writing.”

People who suffer from the condition “may speak in short or incomplete sentences, speak in sentences that do not make sense, substitute one word for another or one sound for another, speak unrecognizable words, fail to understand other people’s conversation, or writing sentences that don’t “make sense,” the clinic also said.

Aphasia can affect people in different ways, depending on where the brain is damaged, says the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).

“Language skills are in the left hemisphere of most people. Damage to that side of your brain can lead to language problems. Damage to the right side of your brain can cause other problems, such as poor attention or memory.”

Willis appeared in about 100 films in his four-decade career [File: Mario Anzuoni/Reuters]

His family’s announcement drew support and shock from fans, as well as from other actors and celebrities.

“This is truly heartbreaking to read,” actor and director Kevin Smith wrote on Twitter. “He loved acting and singing and the loss of that must be devastating to him.”

“I have so much love for Bruce Willis and am grateful for every character he has given us. Hugs and love to all the family, thank you for sharing him with all of us,” actor Seth Green also tweeted.

Actress Jamie Lee Curtis wrote, “Grace and guts! Love to you all,” while model Cindy Crawford posted a praying hands emoji. Actress and former co-star Elizabeth Perkins wrote: “I’m sending you all so much love.”

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