Bruce Willis ‘stepping away’ from acting after being diagnosed with aphasia

Actor Bruce Willis is stepping away from the big screen after being diagnosed with aphasia.

His daughter, Rumer Willis, posted the message on Instagram, saying he had been experiencing some health issues that are 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 post reads.

Bruce Willis steps away from acting

The Die Hard actor was recently diagnosed with aphasia, which is when there is damage to the part of the brain that controls language expression and comprehension.

Aphasia can effect how one understands language, their reading comprehension or making it difficult to form sentences. It’s not clear what kind of aphasia Willis was diagnosed with.

The news about 67-year-old, one of Hollywood’s most beloved actors, immediately spread online as fans reacted. His four-decade career has amassed more than $5 billion in box office worldwide,

Willis had been working steadily and frequently. Renowned for films like “Die Hard,” “Pulp Fiction” and “The Sixth Sense,” Willis has in recent years churned out straight-to-video thrillers. Last year, he starred in a staggering eight films. Most came and went quietly, including titles like “Cosmic Sin,” “Out of Death” and “Deadlock.”

Most recently, Willis starred in last month’s “Gasoline Alley” and “A Day to Die,” released in early March. Willis has already shot at least six more films due out in 2022 and 2023, including “Die Like Lovers,” “Corrective Measures” and “The Wrong Place.”

Files from The Associated Press were used in this report

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