Hollywood’s favorite action hero, Bruce Willis, shocked his fans as he bids farewell to his acting career after sharing about his devastating brain disorder that impacts his cognitive capabilities. The Die Hard star, 67, had been diagnosed with aphasia, which influenced his decision for participating in any future Hollywood project. “Bruce has been experiencing some health issues and has recently been diagnosed with aphasia, which is impacting his cognitive abilities,” his daughter, Rumer Willis, shared on Wednesday in an Instagram post.
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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.” The post has a picture of the Pulp Fiction star wearing a towel robe and shades. The post was signed by the star’s current wife Emma Hemin Willis, former wife Demi Moore, and his children, Scout, Tallulah, Evelyn, Mabel, and the news bearer Rumer.
“This is a really challenging time for our family and we are so appreciative of your continued love, compassion and support,” the caption read.
“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.”
Willis rose to fame as the tough guy who brought glory to the Die Hard franchise as he shouted “Yippee Ki Yay”. His acting in the Quentin Tarantino directed Pulp Fiction was critically acclaimed, not to mention his stunning performance in The Sixth Sense. He has amassed two Emmy Awards and one Golden Globe in his four-decade career.
It was unfortunate of him to be the recipient at the Razzie awards for “Worst performance by Bruce Willis in a 2021 Movie”, a category made just for him.
According to Mayo Clinic, Aphasia occurs after a stroke or a head injury and can cause inability to speak, write and even understand language. The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) claims that it can affect people in different ways based on how the brain is damaged. They share, “Language skills are in the left half of the brain in most people. Damage on that side of your brain may lead to language problems. Damage on the right side of your brain may cause other problems, like poor attention or memory.”
All the “Bruce Willis” fans wrote messages of support and shock, as did the many actors and celebrities, upon reading the post. Kevin Smith, the actor, and director, tweeted, “This is really heartbreaking to read, He loved to act and sing and the loss of that has to be devastating for him.”
Seth Green tweeted, “I have so much love for Bruce Willis, and am grateful for every character he’s given us. Hugs and love for the whole family- thank you for sharing him with us all,”. His former co-star Elizabeth Perkins wrote “Sending so much love to you all.”
Long before any of the Cop Out stuff, I was a big Bruce Willis fan – so this is really heartbreaking to read. He loved to act and sing and the loss of that has to be devastating for him. I feel like an asshole for my petty complaints from 2010. So sorry to BW and his family. https://t.co/npSgvkb5v7
— KevinSmith (@ThatKevinSmith) March 30, 2022
Retirement has nothing on this legend. Bruce Willis' work will forever live on in our favorite films & TV shows.🎥📺And for the record, he's right. Die Hard isn't a Christmas movie, “it’s a god damn Bruce Willis movie."
— Blumhouse (@blumhouse) March 30, 2022
So much love, light, prayers, and strength to Bruce Willis, his wife, children, @justdemi and their entire family during this time.
Have faith, there is hope and incredible geniuses at Mayo Clinic and NIH who work in neurology & study brains. Breakthroughs truly happen every day
— Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) March 30, 2022
As fans fill up with tears of this painful announcement, we have yet to see how the star deals with the condition. The stars and actors all gather in his support and send goodwill and prayers for his early recovery.