Action star, Bruce Willis is stepping away from acting following a diagnosis of aphasia according to his family.
Bruce Willis has been acting since 1978 but breaking out with his 1988 hit Die Hard. The aphasia is impacting his cognitive abilities according to his daughter, Rumer Willis.
“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 read.
“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.”
Aphasia “is a condition that robs you of the ability to communicate. It can affect your ability to speak, write and understand language, both verbal and written,” according to the Mayo Clinic.
It most commonly arises after a stroke or brain injury, though can also come on more gradually due to the growth of a brain tumor or a degenerative disease.
Willis has had a long and amazing career and is one of our favorite actors here at Offensively Patriotic.
Some of his most well-known movies are the Die Hard series, with much debate about whether or not the first is a Christmas movie. (It’s not Christmas until Hans Gruber falls off of the Nakatomi Tower) He starred in the tear-jerker Armageddon that still has me sobbing like a baby. The Fifth Element, 12 Monkeys, and The Sixth Sense are among some of his off-kilter movies that are incredible. Striking Distance is another of his that hits particularly close to my heart. Why? It’s filmed in Pittsburgh, a place that we are so familiar with.
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