Bruce Willis will be 'stepping away' from acting career due to health issues, family says

Bruce Willis at the 57th New York Film Festival. Credit: AP

Die Hard star Bruce Willis will be “stepping away” from his acting career due to health issues, his family has announced. The Willis family shared that the actor had recently been diagnosed with aphasia and said it had been a “really challenging time” for them. “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,” a statement shared on social media read.

“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.”

Aphasia is when a person has difficulty with their language or speech and is commonly caused by damage to the left side of the brain, such as what can happen after a stroke.

Willis, whose acting career began in the early 1980s, has starred in a string of major films including the Die Hard series, Pulp Fiction, Armageddon, Moonrise Kingdom, 12 Monkeys and Looper.

The actor, 67, married actress Demi Moore in 1987 and had his three eldest children, Rumer, Scout and Tallulah.

Bruce Willis and Emma Heming attend the premiere of "Glass" at the SVA Theatre in New York. Credit: AP

The pair separated in 2000 and, in 2009, Willis remarried actress Emma Heming who he has two daughters with, Mabel and Evelyn.

All of the children signed the post, along with Moore and Ms Heming.


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