Famed actor Bruce Willis has announced that he’s been diagnosed with aphasia, a medical condition that affects a person’s ability to speak, write, and understand language, both verbal and written, according to Page Six.
According to Mayo Clinic, aphasia typically occurs suddenly after a stroke or a head injury, but it can also come on gradually from a brain tumor or a degenerative brain disease that will continually get worse.
And with that, the 67-year-old also announces that he’ll be stepping away from acting.
His family wrote in a joint statement:
“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.
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.”
Willis has multiple projects completed in post-production, like Vendetta, Fortress: Sniper’s Eye, and White Elephant.
His upcoming film Fortress 3 is in pre-production, and it’s unclear what will happen.
Man, you hate to see something like this happen to such a well respected guy in the film industry, and our hearts go out to him and his family in this difficult time.
Between Die Hard, Pulp Fiction The Sixth Sense, Armageddon, Sin City, The Whole Nine Yards, and more, Bruce’s career has given us a number of great characters. I mean, is John McClane the baddest or is John McClane the baddest?