Bruce Willis ‘Stepping Away’ From Acting Career Amid Health Crisis

Bruce Willis arriving for the 'A Good Day to Die Hard' UK Premiere, Empire Leicester Square, London. 07/02/2013 Picture by: Steve Vas/Shutterstock

Bruce Willis is leaving his acting career after being diagnosed with aphasia, a brain disorder that affects a person’s ability to communicate, his family members said in a joint statement Wednesday.

The statement reads: “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 statement was posted on social media, and signed by Willis’ wife, Emma Heming; his ex-wife, Demi Moore; and his five children, Rumer, Scout, Tallulah, Mabel and Evelyn.

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The 67-year-old star’s family did not offer additional details about his condition.

According to the Mayor Clinic, aphasia typically occurs after a stroke or head injury. If can affect a person’s ability to speak, write and understand language. The severity of the condition depends on a number of factors, including the cause and the extent of damage to the brain.

Willis has starred in films that have collectively grossed over $2.5 billion at the box office. He is best known for his roles in the Die Hard franchise, Pulp Fiction, The Sixth Sense, and the television series Moonlighting.

He is a two-time Emmy Award winner and currently has multiple projects in production, according to his IMDb page. The projects include the films Vendetta, Wire Room, and White Elephant. No news has been released about his latest movie, Fortress: Sniper’s Eye, which is set to be released this summer.

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