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Bruce Willis is stepping away from acting after being diagnosed with Aphasia, his family revealed on social media.
“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,” Willis’ family members shared on their respective Instagram accounts. “As a result of this and with much consideration Bruce is stepping away from the career that has meant so much to him.”
“This is a really challenging time for our family and we are so appreciative of your continued love, compassion and support,” the 67-year-old actor’s family announced in a joint statement. “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.”
According to the Mayo Clinic, Aphasia is a condition that robs people of their ability to communicate and affects the ability to write, speak, and understand both written and verbal language. Aphasia typically occurs after a stroke or head injury. The Mayo Clinic reports it can also come on gradually as the result of a slow-growing brain tumor, or degenerative disease.