Bruce Willis Is "Stepping Away" from Acting Following Aphasia Diagnosis

His daughter Rumer has shared a statement about the 67-year-old's health

BY Alex HudsonPublished Mar 30, 2022

Bruce Willis is reportedly "stepping away" from acting after being diagnosed with aphasia, a language disorder caused by brain damage that affects the sufferer's ability to communicate.

The news was shared by Willis's daughter Rumer Willis, who wrote, "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 is credited to "Emma, Demi, Rumer, Scout, Tallulah, Mabel, & Evelyn" — Emma Heming is Willis's wife of 13 years, Demi Moore is his ex-wife, and the other five names are his children. The message is not credited to the 67-year-old Bruce himself.

Johns Hopkins Medicine describes aphasia as "a language disorder caused by damage in a specific area of the brain that controls language expression and comprehension. Aphasia leaves a person unable to communicate effectively with others." It can be the result of a stroke, head injury, brain tumour, infection or dementia.

The Willis family's message notes that they are "moving through this as a strong family unit." It says, "As Bruce always says, 'Live it up' and together we plan to do just that." Read the message below.

Willis has starred in numerous movies in recent years, and he still has a number of completed films due to come out.

A post shared by Rumer Willis (@rumerwillis)

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