Los Angeles: Die Hard star Bruce Willis, 67, will retire from his acting career after being diagnosed with aphasia, a disease that is “impacting his cognitive abilities,” his family said in a statement on Wednesday.
Bruce Willis attends the “Motherless Brooklyn” premiere in 2019.Credit:Charles Sykes/Invision/AP
“With much consideration Bruce is stepping away from the career that has meant so much to him,” his family wrote in a joint statement.
“This is a really challenging time for our family and we are so appreciative of your continued love, compassion and support.”
Aphasia is a language disorder caused by damage in a specific area of the brain that controls language expression and comprehension, according to Johns Hopkins Medicine. Aphasia leaves a person unable to communicate effectively with others.
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