The family of movie star Bruce Willis announced today, Wednesday, that the 67-year-old action hero will retire from acting due to “health problems”, most notably his loss of the ability to speak.
Bruce Willis at a party in Hollywood in 2013
And the family stated in an Instagram post that “Bruce suffered from some health problems, and it was found that his condition was finally diagnosed with aphasia. (i.e. loss of speech)which affects his cognitive abilities.
She added The family of the protagonist of the “Die Hard” series: “So, after careful consideration, Bruce is stepping down from this profession that has meant so much to him.”
Bruce Willis with his wife Emma at a party in New York in 2016
The post is signed by Willis’ current wife Emma Hemming Willis, his ex-wife, actress Demi Moore, and his children Rumer, Scout, Talula, Mabel and Evelyn.
“It’s a really difficult phase for our family and we deeply appreciate your continued love, sympathy and support,” the family continued in the post.
She stressed that she faces this situation “as a strong family unit.” “We wanted to get his fans involved because we know how much he means to you, and what you mean to him,” she wrote.
Bruce Willis during the filming of a movie in Hungary in 2012
According to the Mayo Clinic, “Aphasia usually occurs suddenly after a stroke or head injury,” and it may “rob you of your ability to communicate, and affect your ability to speak, write, and understand oral and written language.”
Bruce Willis was first known in the eighties of the twentieth century through the TV series “Moonlighting” alongside Sybil Shepherd, but he rose to fame in 1998 thanks to his portrayal of the indomitable hero John McClain in the action movie “Die Hard” that made him a global star.
Then the film was followed by two more parts in the nineties, which established the fame of Bruce Willis, who, thanks to this series of films, became one of the most prominent stars in the genre.
After a series of successes until the first decade of the twenty-first century, the actor’s star began to decline and his name no longer attracts the audience to the same extent or achieves the films in which he shares the commercial success.
Bruce Willis with his ex-wife Demi Moore at a party in Los Angeles in 1997