His eldest daughter confirmed the news in an Instagram post talking about his medical condition.
Bruce Willis, the legendary actor, has decided to step away from acting because of a medical diagnosis. The Die Hard actor is leaving behind a long and successful career that included powerful and influential roles. Rumer Willis, his eldest daughter, confirmed the news in an Instagram post. She wrote, "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."
According to John Hopkins Medicine, "Aphasia is a language disorder caused by damage in a specific area of the brain that controls language expression and comprehension. Aphasia leaves a person unable to communicate effectively with others." It isn't confirmed if Willis will ever return to acting again but this diagnosis brings an end to a career that was filled with surprising ups and downs, reports NBC News.
All my love and respect to my big brother Bruce Willis. I know his wonderful family is surrounding him with support and strength. He will always be that hero on that poster on my wall as kid.— M. Night Shyamalan ⌛ (@MNightShyamalan) March 31, 2022
His acting career came into the spotlight with the ABC series Moonlighting, opposite Cybill Shepherd. His role as John McClane in the first Die Hard film in 1988 made him a household name and proved his diverse acting abilities. McClane, the New York detective fought terrorists in the Nakatomi Plaza. This role gave him the image of an action hero and still remains one of the most defining moments of his career. This role wasn't just limited to being a hero but also contained other dimensions of a workaholic husband trying to save his marriage while being stuck inside an office building with blood soaking his clothes.
So sorry to hear the news about Bruce Willis. Worked with him on Death Wish and he was a lovely awesome badass man. Prayers for him and his family. Legend pic.twitter.com/28QKIoeMac— Dean Norris (@deanjnorris) March 31, 2022
In the second decade of his career, Willis tried to challenge himself with more complex and different roles which didn't work out at times. His two films The Bonfire of the Vanities and Hudson Hawk were complete flops. However, he did not give up and made a surprising comeback with Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction. His other movies like The Sixth Sense, Armageddon and others have grossed over $5 Billion dollars worldwide, per BBC. He's been nominated for five Golden Globes and won one for Moonlighting. He's also been nominated for three Emmys and won two of them.
I am sending my very best wishes to #BruceWillis and his family during this tough time.— Don Winslow (@donwinslow) March 31, 2022
Thank you for so many great performances across a tremendous career including and especially for John McClain. pic.twitter.com/HW5iGfCsIx
In a statement to NBC News, Randall Emmett, a successful producer who has worked with Willis on more than 20 films, described him as a brilliant actor. He said, "I fully support Bruce and his family during this challenging time and admire him for his courage in battling this incredibly difficult medical condition." He further added, "Bruce will always be part of our family." His fans are surprised by this news but everyone is completely supporting the actor's decision to step away from his career. His legendary legacy in Hollywood will continue to live on.
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