Bruce Willis “stepping away” from acting after aphasia diagnosis

LOS ANGELES, Calif. — Actor Bruce Willis’ family says he is “stepping away” from his career after being diagnosed with aphasia.

Rumer Willis, Willis’ eldest daughter with actress Demi Moore, shared her father’s diagnosis in a heartfelt post on Instagram saying, “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 post was also signed by other members of the family: Emma, Demi, Scout, Tallulah, Mabel and Evelyn.

Aphasia is a language disorder caused by a stroke or brain injury, though can also come on more gradually to due the growth of a brain tumor or a degenerative disease. The condition takes away your ability to communicate such as speaking, writing, and understanding verbal and written language.

Willis’ family did not say what caused his case but wrote that it is “a really challenging time” for them, but that they are “moving through this as a strong family unit.”

The Instagram post concludes with, “As Bruce always says, ‘Live it up’ and together we plan to do just that.”

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