Bruce Willis Is Leaving Acting Due To Aphasia “Impacting His Cognitive Abilities”

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Bruce Willis’ family shared on social media that Willis has been diagnosed with aphasia and will be stepping away from acting.

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The actor’s family wrote on Rumer Willis’ Instagram alongside a picture of Willis.

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“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.”

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

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“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.”

The note was signed with love from Bruce’s daughters, Rumer Willis, Scout Willis, Tallulah Willis, Mabel Willis and Evelyn Willis, Bruce’s wife Emma Heming Willis, and his ex-wife Demi Moore.

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Fans quickly sent love to his family and the post was filled with heart emojis from famous pals.

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Bruce Willis is known for a lengthy career in show business and has played the lead in many action films, such as Die Hard and the sequels, Armageddon, and others. He’s also appeared in iconic movies like The Fifth Element, The Sixth Sense, Pulp Fiction, and Sin City. He made a career of playing tough-guys-with-hearts-of-gold.

Willis has won a Golden Globe and two Emmy Awards.

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He and his former wife Demi Moore have a reputation for creating a loving extended family life. Rumer, his daughter, talked to PEOPLE about having divorced parents.

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“I’m so grateful that we have all really strived to have really deep and meaningful and honest communication. In any relationship — whether it’s with a partner, whether it’s with your family or your friends — that being honest and just really communicating well and having good tools for communication, I think, is so unbelievably important.

“I have a lot of friends who grew up with parents who got divorced at a young age and I watched their parents, like, pit them against each other or have to choose between holidays,” she added. “And I didn’t have to do that, and I feel so grateful that my parents made it such a priority that we could be a family, even though it looked different.”

Best wishes to Willis and his family.

Written by Kate Hackett

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